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n March 1987, as the first person
hired to open Middlesex
Community College's Lowell
campus, Molly Sheehy found
herself sitting in an empty room with
only a desk and a chair.
"A few minutes later, a guy from the
phone company came in, plugged in my
telephone and left," recalled Sheehy.
"Sitting there, all alone, I thought to
myself, `Well, now what?' "
While plans had been made and many
of the pieces were in place for a campus
in Lowell, at that point there was still
no money, no building and no students.
Nonetheless, Sheehy, now Dean of the
Lowell Campus, kept her eyes on the
prize. As more people were hired over
the spring and summer, Sheehy and a
group of about 10 staff members got the
Lowell campus up and running.
In early September, five months after
she was hired, 392 students entered the
doors of MCC's Lowell campus, located
in temporary quarters in the
Wannalancit Mills Building. But it had
been a frantic race to the finish.
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MCC's Lowell campus opened in 1987 in temporary quarters in the
Wannalancit Mills Building; Molly Sheehy (right), now Dean of the
Lowell Campus, was the first person hired to open the new campus.
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Lowell Campus
Creating a Vibrant Urban Campus
In and Around Kearney Square
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Profiles
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If the lights are on and the
heat is on, I believe
community groups should
use the space. It's good for
the city and it's good
marketing for the college.
Our original team felt
strongly about that, and
with the support of
President Cowan, we have
remained very involved in
the community ever since.
Molly Sheehy
Dean of the Lowell Campus
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