Recruitment Process

The Nomination Process:

Nomination of Candidates
Paul H. Sullivan Institute candidates are nominated by the MCC Community. Faculty and staff are encouraged to send names of potential student leaders to Mary-Jo Griffin ( by July 15, 2015. Students may also nominate themselves by submitting an application.

Student Leadership Application

Student Candidate Application and Essay:
Each nominee will submit an application accompanied by a two page, double spaced essay, briefly explaining why he/she desires to become a Paul H. Sullivan Leadership Institute Fellow and what he/she hopes to learn from the experience.

The Selection Process:

Candidates are chosen by a Selection Committee consisting of up to 6 representatives of the MCC faculty, staff, and/or The Paul H. Sullivan Leadership Institute Advisory Board.

Advisory Board:


  • President Carole A. Cowan
  • Jay Linnehan
  • Patrick Cook
  • Pam Flaherty
  • Rebecca Newell
  • Phil Sisson
  • Lura Smith
  • Mary-Jo Griffin
  • Terrance Downes


  • Kendall Wallace, Chairman of the Board, Lowell Sun
  • Judy Hogan, Dean of Business, Engineering & Technology, Middlesex Community College
  • Tony Accardi, Deputy Registrar of Deed, Middlesex
  • Chris Scott, City Editor, Lowell Sun
  • Jon MacLean, Morning News Producer, WBZ Radio
  • Jay McQuaide, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Michael Goldman, Senior Consultant, Government Insight Group
  • Patricia Crane, Retired Executive
  • Drew Webber, Owner & CEO, Lowell Spinners
  • Marjorie Arons-Barron, President, Barron Associates Worldwide, Inc.

Requirement Criteria for Fellow Candidates:

  • Completion of at least one year at Middlesex Community College at time of nomination
  • Paul H. Sullivan Institute Fellows must be willing to commit to one year of approximately 6 hours per month.  Formal sessions will occur monthly for three (3) hours (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). The additional time will be spent attending evening invitational community and college events, off-site summits, etc. as deemed appropriate.
  • Student in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
  • Demonstrated service by participation in campus activities and/or community volunteer activities
  • Represent a diverse population of "Students of Promise" as envisioned by Paul H. Sullivan:

"This opportunity will be available to a diverse population of students who are willing to be challenged, and who have a desire to reach outside of their "comfort zone" to experience an in-depth working knowledge of the necessary skills to be a leader."

Last Modified: 5/30/18