Dr. James C. Mabry was inaugurated as Middlesex Community College’s fourth president Oct. 15 in a formal ceremony on the Bedford Campus Quad.

“Community colleges are built on the twin pillars of access and success,” said Mabry to the audience of faculty, staff, students, friends and family, plus members of the MCC Board of Trustees, college presidents and state education officials. “I believe now more than ever, we need to do everything in our power to promote a system of higher education that is open to all and build pathways to success for everyone who walks through our doors.”

An avid triathlete, Inauguration Day reflected President Mabry’s penchant for fitness. Festivities began with an early-morning 5K Fitness Trail Walk/Run, followed by group activities such as high-impact training, yoga, meditation, and volleyball.

Following the ceremony, the MCC Foundation hosted a fundraiser at Lowell’s historic John Nesmith House to support the Dr. James C. & Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship. The new scholarship will assist worthy students who are struggling financially to attend school full time and complete their associate degree.

After an extensive national search, the MCC Board of Trustees unanimously voted in December 2014 to name Mabry MCC’s fourth president. He assumed his post in late February.

President 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.

Before coming to Middlesex, President Mabry served as Vice President of Academic Affairs for Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. – the largest of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa Community College District, which enrolls more than 125,000 students.

President Mabry was also Dean of Academic Affairs at Palm Beach State College, South Campus, in Boca Raton, Fla. He 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 schools system.