served as president of
College during its 40-year
Dobelle and Carole A. Cowan. Each
has brought their personalities, unique
skills and special talents to the job.
And, the college is infinitely richer for
their service and vision.
hired in 1969 to open the 13th of the
state's 15 community colleges.
Houlihan as more inward looking," said
Frank Falcetta, a charter faculty
member and administrator who worked
at MCC for more than 30 years. "We
thought of ourselves as a `junior'
college focused on helping students
and perseverance over his 18-year
tenure, Houlihan put Middlesex on the
map. By the time he retired in 1987,
MCC also had campuses in Burlington
Dobelle, took the reins in 1988. "Evan
Falcetta. "He raised the institution's
profile. We kind of morphed from a
college where people dressed in tweeds,
to one where the faculty wore business
suits," he said.
political circles, Dobelle was president
just short of three years. But he is
credited with pushing through the
legislation that funded MCC's
shakes up an institution, and moves
on," said Falcetta. "But he was the right
person at the right time. He was able to
make sure we got the money to build a
permanent campus," he said.
things," said Lois Alves, who was hired
as Registrar in 1981 and is now Vice
President of Enrollment Services,
Research & Planning. "Then, Evan
came in and said, `There's a whole big
world out there and lots more we can
do.' " And, Carole Cowan was
Dobelle's right-hand person, Alves