Students used several routes to traverse the early campus. ▲ Two of the earliest architects who helped launch the college recalled a debate that immediately arose over the proposed name of the college. John Costello, the executive director of the board, said, “The board at the time was trying to avoid naming things for a community. We wanted a college that could be representative of an entire region.” This college was expected to serve the northern corridor of Middlesex County, one of the state’s largest geographic counties. Robert Cataldo was the chairman of the board’s sites committee, appointed to the position by then-Governor John Volpe. “At the time, the system was eliminating students who couldn’t make the cut. I saw community colleges as an opportunity we could provide to those students who might otherwise not be able to go on to college,” Cataldo said. “I was looking to provide smaller classes, where more individual attention could be paid to students, and at a lower cost.” A resident of nearby Lexington, Massachusetts, and the chairman of that town’s Board of Selectmen, Cataldo was totally opposed to naming the newest community college Bedford Community College. “I was looking for this college to be the star of the system, and at the same time, allow it to grow the way it should grow. While many of the other colleges were confined by the land they had, I wanted this one to be the leader of the system, always looking to expand,” Cataldo said. “We needed to think bigger than just Bedford.” In 1967, Cataldo had been named chairman of the Facilities and Sites Committee, and charged with finding locations across the state for additional community college sites. The initial plan called for all of the additional community colleges to open in a temporary home first, to serve as a placeholder for more permanent facilities within the community. 5