The Middlesex Community College Foundation board of directors elected four new officers recently: George M. Eames IV (president of Lee Manufacturing in Wallingford) as chairperson, Dr. Mark D. Benigni (superintendent of schools in Meriden) as vice chairperson, and Anne Cassady of Durham (professor emerita from MxCC) as secretary. Additionally two long-time, active Middletown residents, attorney Julé A. Crawford and retired realtor Jay Keiser, joined the Board of Directors; Keiser was elected Treasurer in April.
As chairperson, Eames oversees the ongoing activities of the Foundation, which includes fundraising and resource development to support scholarships, campus projects and academic programs at MxCC.
“Middlesex Community College contributes a great deal to the 18 towns in our service area by preparing individuals for immediate employment in high-demand fields including manufacturing,” said Eames. “It makes sense for the business community to support this college so it can continue to fulfill this vital role.”
Garrett Birdsey, assistant manager of Liberty Bank’s Higganum branch, and Sheila Iglesias, assistant vice president and manager of TD Bank in Middletown, also joined the Foundation board in 2011. Birdsey served as the Foundation’s treasurer until April 2012.
The MxCC Foundation bid farewell recently to three retiring board members who were longstanding supporters of the Foundation and the college: David R. Hampton (MxCC class of 1972) of Meriden, Roger Brewer of Rockfall, and Michael Waller of Middlefield.
Dr. Anna Wasescha, the new president of MxCC, expressed her enthusiasm for the new board and appreciation for the exiting volunteers. “We are fortunate to have such exceptional support in our community,” she said. “The work of the foundation is far-reaching and has a direct and indirect affect on countless lives, on and off campus. Even in the short time I have been here I have seen the impact of this organization – from opening our new interactive classroom in the Jean Burr Smith Library to hosting a wildly popular 5K road race – and know they are capable of great things for our school. I look forward to working closely with the foundation’s new board of directors as we tackle some great challenges together.”
Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) single-purpose public charity dedicated to the support of students and programs at MxCC. For years the Foundation focused its efforts on raising support for student scholarships, helping to ensure access to public higher education for students in the 18-town service area of the College. As state support for MxCC’s operating budget declined to 39 percent from 64 percent in recent years, the Foundation expanded its priorities to include developing support for campus projects and academic programs, in addition to student scholarships. Incorporated in 1979, the MxCC Foundation is led by a volunteer board of directors. Resource development is the Foundation’s sole priority and a key part of the college’s Strategic Plan in support of student academic success.