May 24, 2018
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Attorney and former elementary school teacher Joseph Cassidy nominated for Washington County Community College president

By Julie Harris, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — Joseph Cassidy, an attorney and former elementary and secondary school teacher who has taught education at Washington County Community College in Calais for the past nine years, has been nominated by Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons to be the next president of the institution.

The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees will consider the nomination at its next board meeting on June 26, and if approved, Cassidy will assume his new post on July 1.

“Joe Cassidy will bring an impressive set of skills and experiences to the post and a deep commitment to improving the lives of Washington County residents through education and training,” said Fitzsimmons in making the announcement. “I am delighted to nominate him as WCCC’s next president.”

A resident of Calais, Cassidy has served on the planning board and as city councilor and mayor. He also has served as a prosecutor in the office of the Washington County District Attorney and currently teaches a class in special education law at the University of Maine at Machias.

He has held a number of leadership positions while on the faculty at WCCC, including co-chairing the college’s accreditation committee, serving as the institution’s affirmative action officer, and leading the WCCC faculty association.

Cassidy earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern Maine before obtaining his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000.

Washington County Community College serves 500 students in one- and two-year programs that prepare individuals for immediate entry into the workforce or for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. For more information: or

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