5 From Within, A Leader A N M C C C A R E E R T H AT N E A R LY WA S N ’ T In the summer of 1976, Carole Cowan sat in a steamy office on the grounds of MCC’s campus at the Veterans Administration hospital and watched cautiously as a piece of paper slid across the desk toward her. Written on the paper was an offer to join the ranks of full-time faculty at MCC for less than $10,000 a year. Would she be willing to leave her job teaching at Salem State College to join the MCC business division at that price? The college’s third president, Carole Cowan, at MCC’s Lowell campus. Cowan, with fellow business division faculty, circa late 1970s. ▲ ▲ 55