AUGUSTA, Maine — Dr. William H. Cassidy has been named interim president of Washington County Community College in Calais, effective July 1.
Cassidy served as president of the institution from 2003 to 2009 and is a native of Calais and a resident of Robbinston.
The search for a new president at WCCC began in February soon after current President Dr. Joyce Hedlund announced her retirement. Her last day on the job is June 30. The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees hopes to name a new leader by the end of the summer.
“I am grateful to Bill for his willingness to put his well deserved retirement on hold and return to lead WCCC while we complete the search for a new president,” said MCCS President John Fitzsimmons in announcing Dr. Cassidy’s appointment on Wednesday. “His return to campus will mean that the college will continue to be in strong and seasoned hands during the transition to a new president.”
A graduate of Calais Memorial High School, Cassidy’s career in education has spanned three decades at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. Before becoming president at WCCC, he served in a number of senior administrative posts within the Maine Community College System, as an associate commissioner within the Maine Department of Education, as director of the Waterville Regional Vocational Center, and as a teacher at the middle, high school and college levels.
Cassidy holds credentials from Northern Maine Technical College (he is the only MCCS president to have graduated from one of the system’s seven institutions), the University of Maine at Machias, Husson College, the University of Maine and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.