the Middlesex Community College Foundation was
Carole Cowan became president of the college in 1990.
similar to what the state universities have?,' " said Cowan.
Turning to James W. Henderson, who had served a maximum
10-year term on the MCC Board of Trustees, Cowan asked him
to become chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors.
to the whole issue of college advancement not just fund
raising. I felt we needed to advance the role and image of
the college in the community. I wanted an organization that
supports our mission, gets people to know the college, to
engage with us and support us and gets students to come
recalled with a chuckle, noting that Henderson has led the
Foundation board ever since.
appreciation for the important role Middlesex has played in
building our communities and a better-educated workforce,"
said Henderson. "MCC has emerged as a recognized leader
among community colleges because of its outstanding, yet
affordable, educational opportunities, its position as an
innovative community partner, its commitment to regional
economic and workforce development, and its global mission."
beginning, we had Jim, David Basile and David Grieb a small
benefit golf tournament, then decided to take things to the
next level. After hiring Niki Tsongas to be "the face of the
Foundation in the community," the board began exploring
the possibility of sponsoring an event that would appeal to a
by her alma mater, Salem State College (now Salem State
University). After further research indicated it was, indeed,
feasible, MCC's first Celebrity Forum was held in 1999.
first speaker,' " Cowan recalled. "So, we decided on Walter
Cronkite, because he was known as the most trusted man in
`Doris Kearns Goodwin she's a baseball nut and knows her
history' and it was a wonderful combination. The synergy
and chemistry were there. The two of them just had a great
16 years, Celebrity Forum has grown and become the MCC
Foundation's premiere event, with proceeds benefiting
student scholarships. A wide variety of well-known men and
women have been welcomed to the stage of Lowell Memorial