▲ MCC’s three presidents share a laugh following Carole Cowan’s inauguration as the college’s third president. Dobelle said he knew it was incumbent upon him to make changes, as he felt as though a clock was ticking on the college’s opportunity to expand into Lowell. “People would tell me we have to look ahead to 2000. I would tell them, ‘I don’t care about 2000, I care about Tuesday,’ ” he said. “The same would hold true for long-range planning. I had no five-year plan. My plan was what do we need to do to make this happen right now? If people said they had a strategic plan with 25 priorities, I would divide those 25 priorities up between five different people and tell them, ‘You’ve each got five, let’s do them.’ ” BUILDING THE TEAM Throughout the process, Dobelle began assembling his own leadership team. Key players were added to his leadership circle, including Laurie Rose, who helped write and obtain a federal grant to examine the college’s structure, and Jim Mullen, who became assistant to the president and Dobelle’s right-hand man. It is Mullen that Dobelle credits most for sealing the deal for the college to expand its Lowell presence, working closely with Senator Paul Sheehy to secure a downtown location for the college. Dobelle hired Dick Correia, an engineer with the state Division of Capital Assets and Management, to oversee the modular construction of the Bedford campus on the Marist grounds. “To me, Dick Correia was the man who built our Bedford campus, literally,” said Dobelle. For one of the key positions in his administration, Dobelle drew from within the ranks. He promoted the Dean of Business, Carole Cowan, to handle administration and finance. 48