Dr. Mary L. Fifield

Former President, Bunker Hill Community College

Dr. Mary Fifield served as President at two community colleges spanning 20 years: Bunker Hill Community College in Boston (BHCC) and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in Pennsylvania. During her tenure at each institution, each college was selected as the national recipient for achievement of equity and opportunity for persons of color and women by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Her 45 year community college service includes experience as Academic Vice-President, Dean of Instruction, Department Chair and faculty member.

Her strengths include institutional transformation, financial management and strategic planning. She has led massive assessments and revamping of college finances, the physical plant, human resources, organizational structures and the teaching and learning process. Her accomplishments include the creation of highly effective cyclical strategic planning processes involving both public and private sector interests in conjunction with faculty, staff and students.

Mary is a former member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She has served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Leadership Transition Team for Higher Education as well as on the Commonwealth’s Workforce Investment Board. She has extensive experience with accreditation standards: first serving as evaluator in the areas of organizational development and institutional effectiveness for the North Central, Middle States and New England accrediting bodies and later as one of the 18 Commissioners of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) responsible for validating standard compliance of colleges and universities in New England.

Her record of public service, publications and presentations is extensive and includes a filmed CNN interview which aired on “Your Money” several times. She has given testimony before numerous state and federal legislative committees including representing AACC at the Spelling’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

She holds a B.A. from Clarke College, an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. Currently, Mary, President Emerita of BHCC, works with other colleges aspiring to increase student success and completion as an Achieving the Dream Leadership Coach.

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