PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — An Indiana man who serves as the vice chancellor of enrollment management and student services at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Ind., has been appointed president of Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.
Lawrence Barrett was unanimously approved for the position Wednesday during a meeting of the Maine Community College System board of trustees at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.
Barrett will replace Dr. Joyce Hedlund, who has served as EMCC president for the past 16 years. She will become the president of Washington County Community College in Calais later this summer. Barrett will assume his new post on Aug. 23.
John Fitzsimmons, president of the community college system, called Barrett a “terrific match for EMCC.”
“He brings high energy and is someone who has great administrative experience and cares deeply about the students,” he said. “He has a lot to offer.”
Board member Carol Epstein headed the search committee for Hedlund’s replacement. She said the committee members put in a tremendous effort during the search and they received “many wonderful candidates” for the position.
“Larry rose to the top,” she said Wednesday. “We enjoyed his visit to Bangor. He is originally from the East Coast and was anxious to come back. He has a family he’s bringing with him. We are very excited.”
Barrett has served in senior administrative posts at Purdue University North Central since 2005, overseeing student services, financial aid, admissions, off-campus sites, the university library and academic scheduling. From 2000 to 2005, he served as dean of enrollment and lifelong learning at the State University of New York at Delhi.
Barrett began his career in higher education at the community college level, serving as an admissions officer, dean, and director of admissions at several community colleges in New York.
He holds associate degree from Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, N.Y.; a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; and a master’s degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
He will receive his doctorate in higher educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., later this summer.
“I am excited and honored to be selected the next president of Eastern Maine Community College,” Barrett said in a statement. “During my recent campus interview, I quickly discovered what a special place the college is and how it is helping transform students’ lives.
“I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and community members to ensure that the college continues to play a leading role in higher education for the region. And my family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Bangor area community.”
The board is still seeking a president for Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. KVCC’s new president will replace Barbara Woodlee, who announced her retirement in January and who has served as the college’s president for the past 26 years.
Woodlee will continue to serve the community college system in a part-time capacity as academic officer.