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M
iddlesex lost a dear friend and
staunch supporter in early
September when John V. Costello died at
the age of 80.
A resident of Mansfield, Costello was one
of the early architects of the
Massachusetts Community College
System, established in 1958. For 23
years he served as executive director of
the Board of the Regional Community
Colleges, and also formed an educational
consulting firm, John V. Costello
Associates, Inc.
Costello worked closely with Robert
Cataldo, former Lexington selectman and
fellow member of the regional board.
Together, they helped name and locate
Middlesex. "We wanted a college that
could be representative of an entire
region," Costello said, adding that the
college was expected to serve all of
Middlesex County, one of the state's
most heavily populated.
It became official on Feb. 14, 1969,
when the Massachusetts Board of
Regional Community Colleges voted:
The name of the college was established
as Middlesex Community College. MCC
opened its doors in the fall of 1970, in
two leased buildings on the grounds of
Bedford's Veterans Administration
Hospital.
John Costello (right) with Robert Cataldo, at
an MCC 40th Anniversary celebration on
the Bedford campus.
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John V. Costello
By the
Numbers
Buildings
1987:
1
Today:
9
Students
1987:
392
enrolled
Today:
5,070
Classrooms
1987:
18
Today:
88
Then/Now
Books in the Lowell
Campus Library
Pizza slices consumed at
Lowell student events (2011-12)
MCC Dual Enrollment
Academy students at
Lowell High School (2011-12)
Sausages eaten at
2012 Spring Fling
Stairs in the City Building
Student computers in the
Lowell Campus Library
Flags in Lowell
Campus Cafeteria
Lowell
Campus
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Did you know?
The MCC Theatre opened in 2000 (fall semester).
The first production in the 90-seat, black-box
theater was "The Cripple of Inishmaan."