As Lowell's city manager from 1987-1991, he worked with MCC's
first three presidents to get the Lowell campus up and running.
campus, working closely with MCC's fourth president, James C. Mabry.
the board in December 2015 by Gov. Charlie Baker.
city first as assistant city manger for eight years, then city manager
for five during a period of dramatic revitalization. He credits two late
politicians, State Sen. Paul Sheehy and former U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas,
with bringing the college to Lowell.
Lowell," said Campbell. "Paul Tsongas was also key he was such a
visionary. He had a good relationship with then-Gov. Michael Dukakis,
whose father immigrated to Lowell from Greece.
rented classrooms in the Wannalancet Mills Building we all knew
great an asset it would turn out to be."
the Lowell campus in its temporary location, explained Campbell. Then
Evan Dobelle, second college president, helped secure state funding
to create permanent campuses in Bedford and Lowell. Carole Cowan,
third Middlesex president, worked closely with the city to secure the
former Wang Educational Center as MCC's permanent campus location,
which opened in 1991.
MCC on the other end, and Lowell High School in the middle," he said.
"We looked at Middlesex as another anchor for the downtown. We had
no idea it would grow like this."
Campbell, believes that with Campbell leading the Board of Trustees,
MCC will continue its success story. "Jim Campbell brings a wealth of
knowledge and experience to our Board of Trustees," said Mabry.
transforming Lowell's Boston & Main Railroad Depot into an arts-
education center for the college, as well as on future projects and
initiatives. He is committed to the success of the college and the
success of our students."
college to the community, and attends countless Middlesex events.
He has a particular focus on workforce development. "I see my role as
being the face of the college especially with the business community.
the Role of College Ambassador