New Executive Director of Finance/CFO Appointed Frank Nocella has been appointed Executive Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer. “Frank is an excellent addition to the Middlesex team,” said President James Mabry. “He is an accomplished financial professional dedicated to building open and transparent budget practices, and helping faculty and staff meet the mission of Middlesex.” Nocella worked at International Paper for 28 years where he was the Group VP of Finance & Administration and CFO. Over the past eight years, he served as CFO and Interim President at Sussex County Community College in Newton, N.J., and CFO at Essex County College in Newark, N.J. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Nocella began his career with KPMG in New York City. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York & New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Middlesex Named to 2017 Class of Excellence in Assessment Designees Further highlighting the college’s continued focus on assessment, MCC has been named one of just five members of the 2017 class of Excellence in Assessment designees, a national program aimed at recognizing colleges and universities conducting a comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. news briefs “We are very honored to be selected for this Excellence in Assessment designation,” said Philip J. Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. “This designation is clear confirmation of the exceptional assessment work of the faculty and staff under the leadership of recently retired Dean of Assessment Elise Martin.” The first national designation of its kind, the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decisionmaking and improve student performance. Sponsors of the EIA program are the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a public-college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Connect with us... BEDFORD • LOWELL WWW.MIDDLESEX.MASS.EDU/SOCIAL Paralegal Program Ranked No. 3 by Mass. Lawyers Weekly MCC’s Paralegal Studies degree program has been ranked No. 3 in the state by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. “I am very pleased to see our Paralegal Studies Program receive recognition from the readers of Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly,” said Halye Sugarman Esq., Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator. “This reflects the dedication of our engaged faculty – who are not only experienced practitioners, but phenomenal teachers – as well as the quality of our students and graduates, and the professional successes they have achieved.” BEST PARALEGAL PROGRAMS T OP THREE Mass. Lawyers Weekly newspaper reports decisions issued by all the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, and other statewide legal news. To see a complete list of its 2017 Reader Rankings, visit: Profiles | 19