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Maine Community College System

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wed., December 10, 2003
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

CALAIS, Maine — William H. Cassidy, a native of Calais who has worked in numerous posts in Maine's secondary and post-secondary education systems, will return home to serve as president of Washington County Community College in Calais. The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees endorsed MCCS President John Fitzsimmons' nomination of Cassidy at a Board meeting held at the Calais college this morning. Cassidy will assume his new post on December 29th.

"Bill is just the right person to lead this college into an exciting new era," said Fitzsimmons. "He brings a wealth of experience — including teaching at the middle school, high school and college-levels, leading statewide education initiatives, and advancing vocational and career-based education in Maine. He also brings a deep knowledge of Washington County and the unique needs and strengths of this region. He is highly regarded throughout the education community for his dedication, his integrity, and his compassion," Fitzsimmons said.

Since 1992, Cassidy has served in posts at the Maine Community College System, most recently as Director of Statewide Programs at the Center for Career Development. Prior to joining the System, he served as Associate Commissioner, Bureau of Adult and Secondary Vocational Education, at the Maine Department of Education. He also served as Director of the Waterville Regional Vocational Center in the mid-1980s.

The presidency will not be Cassidy's first post at the college. In the 1970's and ë80s he was an instructor at the college, and served as Student Activities Director and Assistant Dean.

"I am deeply honored to be selected to lead this fine college at an exciting time, and happy to return to a region for which I hold great fondness," said Cassidy. "Washington County Community College is a vital educational and economic resource for Downeast Maine, and enjoys strong support from business and community groups," said Cassidy. "I look forward to working with a talented team of faculty, administrators and staff, and the broader Washington County community, to build on the college's past success and broaden its role in the region," he said.

Cassidy began his postsecondary education at then-Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute (now Northern Maine Community College) after graduating from Calais Memorial High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Maine at Machias, his Master's degree in Business Administration from Husson College, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the University of Maine. He is pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Education at Nova Southeastern University.

Cassidy currently resides in Standish with his wife, Susan, who is a faculty member at York County Community College. The Cassidys have two grown children, Patrick and Randee Lyn.

Cassidy was selected from a field of 41 candidates following a national search. He succeeds William Flahive, who retired this summer.


In other Board action, trustees approved negotiated contracts with three of the System's five bargaining units: the Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) Supervisory Services and Support Services units, and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The agreements cover the two-year period of July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2005. The contracts include a merit increase averaging three percent next year. No increases are scheduled for this year. The three bargaining units represent 255 of the System's 775 employees.