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Bunker Hill Community College president to retire

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  September 26, 2012 11:09 AM

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Bunker Hill Community College president Mary L. Fifield has announced she is retiring after 16 years on the job.

Fifield will retire from the school’s top post effective June 30, according to the school, which highlighted the institutional growth and transformation it has seen under her guidance.

During Fifield’s tenure, Bunker Hill increased enrollment by 117 percent, bringing the number of students to 13,400 and making the school the largest community college and the eighth-largest public higher education institution in Massachusetts.

The college also established its second campus in Chelsea and constructed a 48,000 square foot state-of-the-art LEED Gold Certified Health and Wellness Center housing academic healthcare programs, a fitness center and gymnasium on its Charlestown campus.

It was the first new major construction project on the campus in decades, the school said.

Fifield, according to the school, created large-scale planning events with hundreds of business, civic and government leaders, faculty, staff, student leaders, alumni and trustees to establish budgeted action plans and strong partnerships.

One collaboration with the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership created the college’s new “Learn and Earn” program, which offers students paid work experience and mentoring at leading Boston-area companies.

"Due to her leadership, business and community leaders as well as hundreds of faculty and staff are directly involved in initiatives that are changing the lives of thousands of students every day,” Jeanne-Marie Boylan, chairwoman of the school’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “These efforts have resulted in the highest retention and numbers of students graduating in the college's history,”

Fifield also established the Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students facing short-term financial crises and initiated new degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and other emerging fields.

The school did not say who would take over for Fifield as president.
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