Middlesex Community College will inaugurate its fourth president, Dr. James C. Mabry, on Thursday, Oct. 15. A formal inauguration ceremony will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Bedford Campus Quad, 591 Springs Road.

Following the ceremony, the MCC Foundation will host a fundraiser to support the Dr. James C. & Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship from 4 to 6 p.m. at the John Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell. Tickets to the fundraiser are $150 per person.

The Dr. James C. and Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship will assist worthy students who have completed a significant portion of the coursework required for their intended associate degree at Middlesex, but are struggling financially to continue their course of study. It is intended to lighten the financial burden and make it possible for students to attend full time and complete their associate degree.

For further Inauguration Day information – and to purchase fundraiser tickets – visit:

www.middlesex.mass.edu/inauguration

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

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 becoming President of Middlesex, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.