Arlene Rodriguez named interim provost at MCC – Lowell Sun

LOWELL – Middlesex Community College recently appointed Arlene Rodriguez as Interim Director and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

Rodriguez, who most recently served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Cape Cod Community College, will take over the position released by new MCC President Phil Sisson following his promotion.

Rodriguez has over 20 years of experience in the Massachusetts community college system. With a lifelong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Rodriguez shares MCC’s mission to provide equitable and accessible education to all students.

Sisson, who has worked closely with Rodriguez since her appointment as vice president of academic affairs at Springfield Technical Community College in 2015, called her a “change agent leader” and said he was pleased to welcome her to the MCC.

“I really admired her exemplary leadership in a number of areas that I believe are critical to our future success at MCC,” Sisson said in a statement. “Not only do I have complete confidence in her ability to manage our academic and student affairs, but I am confident that Arlene will bring an important new perspective to our future work.”

“I am honored to be part of a company that works for the Greater Lowell and Bedford communities and ensures that all of our students have access to social and economic mobility through college education,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be working with an innovative and dynamic community of faculty and staff to deepen this commitment.”

Over the course of her career, she has built strong relationships with the communities where she has worked by creating partnerships, fundraising initiatives, and opportunities to help students succeed.

Prior to Cape Cod Community College, Rodriguez served as senior academic affairs advisor to the State Department of Higher Education, where she worked on increasing college graduation rates, particularly among students from underserved populations, and addressing performance gaps. She also co-led the 100 Males to College initiative to create a college-bound culture for low-income and young colored people.

Rodriguez holds a PhD in English from UMass Amherst and a master’s degree from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University. She is fluent in Spanish and began her career as an English professor before becoming academic dean and then vice president at Springfield Tech.

Rodriguez has also served on the Barnstable County Human Services Commission, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Directors of the Springfield YWCA and has won multiple awards for her human service and leadership.

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