university and community
college partnership in the
country that is more
and beneficial for students
than the collaboration we
administrators and faculty praise the efforts and
spirit of their colleagues at Middlesex Community
College, who channel the dedication and vision of
President Cowan. Under her direction, Middlesex
helped to revitalize downtown Lowell, setting the
stage for the city's "College Town" development
strategy of today. She also made international
studies a hallmark of her pace-setting school, not a
conventional practice at similar institutions. We at
UMass Lowell wish Carole Cowan all the best as
she moves to the next stage in her journey.
Personally, I will miss her friendship, professional
contributions, and always optimistic view.
Carole broke barriers to
become the first woman and
third president of Middlesex
Community College. As
President, Carole ushered
Middlesex into downtown
that is recognized not just in Massachusetts, but
across the United States, and in so doing elevated the
role and standing of community colleges in the Com-
monwealth's portfolio of higher education institutions.
Her unwavering commitment to excellence has served
the many historic venues of this City that have become
part of the College's Lowell Campus in the same way
that her commitment has served the educational goals
of the city's students and faculty. I congratulate Carole
on an extraordinary career and wish her the best of
luck in her future endeavors. Her years of service
and her remarkable legacy of accomplishment will
resonate across the region for many years to come.
Federal Building. At the time, we were
located next to Middlesex and across
the street from the decaying Federal
Building. I begged Carole to bid on it.
When she called me to say she won
the bid and got the building for $1, I
best money I ever spent.