The Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to recommend Dr. James Mabry be named MCC’s fourth president. Mabry currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs for Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz.

“The changing nature of education today requires that we have a president who understands those challenges and is able to adapt this college to meet them,” said Royall Mack Sr., chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees. “Dr. James Mabry has what it takes to move Middlesex to the next level.”

“It will be an honor to serve as the next president of Middlesex Community College,” said Mabry. “I will come to Middlesex, ready, willing and able to engage and inspire, to lead and to serve, to challenge and support. I am committed to providing progressive and visionary leadership, and will work tirelessly to serve the entire community.”

The result of a five-month Presidential Search process, the Board’s recommendation that Mabry become MCC’s next president will be submitted for final approval by the Board of Higher Education, which will vote in a special meeting to be held at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the BHE offices, 1 Ashburton Place, Boston.

Mabry holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree from The London School of Economics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University’s School of General Studies, and his associate degree from the University of Maryland Overseas Division. He also holds a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Prior to his current role, Mabry was Dean of Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College, South Campus, in Boca Raton, Fla. He also served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he was also an Assistant Professor of history. Mabry began his career as a high school social studies teacher in the New York City public school system.