Blue skies and high hopes were staples of MCC’s convocation ceremonies. ▲ “I wanted someone that faculty had confidence in to be my Chief Financial Officer, someone who could be looked upon as an advocate during the budget season,” he said. “At the time, Carole felt as though she was ready to retire from the system and go into real estate, but I thought she would be perfect for a key role leading the college during difficult financial times.” Dobelle said he was “always about giving people opportunity. I didn’t want to be so preoccupied with pedigree that I didn’t bring in people who might provide great opportunities to the college. There are a lot of stories at Middlesex of people who made mistakes, but I say as long as they learned from them, and didn’t do them again, I was willing to take the chance on them, and let them take the risks.” He felt that way about employees up and down the chain, on both the academic and administrative sides of the college. “I felt that community colleges had the best chance to be proactive, not reactive, institutions, out in front, leading the parade. That held true within our structure as well,” he said. “It was important for me to build a team that had energy and passion, whether you were a senior member or a young faculty member. I tried not to hurt people or move them aside, but I gave deference to the fast runner. You can’t replace imagination and speed. You have to move an agenda every day, and if you don’t want to, it’s hard to work for me. I felt as 49