Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges Welcomes New Director

MARCH 25, 2019

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Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges Welcomes Dr. Tom Sannicandro as its New Director

Sannicandro Brings Years of Higher Education Policy Experience

Tom Sannicandro

BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) is pleased to announce Dr. Tom Sannicandro as its new Director. Sannicandro brings a wealth of expertise in higher education policy to the position and will lead the Association’s efforts on behalf of the 15 community colleges. As Director, he will work closely with college partners including business groups, higher education organizations, labor, media, community organizations, and the public.

Dr. Sannicandro was formerly the Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, an Associate Scientific Research Staff Member at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a Lurie Research Fellow at Brandeis University. In addition to this higher education experience, he is a licensed attorney and he served 12 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, including six years as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education.

“I’m humbled to join MACC and work for a community college system devoted to the future of the Massachusetts economy through open access admissions, affordable and high-quality college pathways, and flexible short-term training programs,” Dr. Sannicandro said. “I’m excited to get started and advocate for these incredible colleges and outstanding students.”

“We’re thrilled to have Tom in this role with MACC; with his background and experience, I know he’ll hit the ground running to advance the mission of the community colleges and the more than 156,000 students they serve,” said Dr. Valerie Roberson, President of Roxbury Community College and current chair of the Council of Presidents.

Dr. Sannicandro has a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Brandeis University, and a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. Dr. Sannicandro will start his new role in April.

The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges, formerly known as the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office, represents and advocates on behalf of the fifteen community colleges in the Commonwealth. Reporting to the 15 community college presidents, MACC works closely with key stakeholders in state, federal, and local governments. The MACC mission is to advocate, communicate, and collaborate in order to strengthen community colleges for the benefit of students, communities, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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