President DiPasquale with Dean Ruggieri standing in front of the College seal.
President DiPasquale (left) with newly appointed Dean of the Science & Math Division Katie Ruggieri, Ph.D.

BROCKTON, Mass (Jan. 12, 2023) – Massasoit Community College today announced that Katie Ruggieri, Ph.D. has been appointed dean of the College’s Science & Math Division.

Dr. Ruggieri oversees four academic departments – Biology, Mathematics, Physical Science, and Veterinary Technology – and a slate of respected full-time and adjunct faculty and staff. The Division is preparing students for rewarding careers or to continue their education in fast-growing fields and is home to important projects including Massasoit’s bee and native pollinator research program. As the College embarks on its $41 million Transformation Through Renovation project to renovate its STEM and Allied Health classrooms and labs at the Brockton campus, Dr. Ruggieri will play a vital role to ensure that academic spaces will meet the needs of students and faculty for years to come.

“We are excited to welcome a truly remarkable leader like Katie to Massasoit,” said Ray DiPasquale, president of Massasoit Community College. “Her wealth of experience as a faculty member and administrator will help Massasoit as we look to ensure that our STEM programs are keeping pace with the workforce needs of Southeastern Massachusetts.”

Prior to joining Massasoit, Dr. Ruggieri served as interim dean of STEM at Bristol Community College, where she had previously served as associate dean of STEM, chair of the Natural Sciences Department, and professor of biology and biotechnology. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at several institutions, including Roger Williams University, Purdue University Global, Laboure College of Healthcare and the Community College of Rhode Island.

“I am honored to join Massasoit as dean of the Science & Math Division, and I look forward to working alongside talented and caring faculty to train the next generation of STEM leaders,” said Dr. Ruggieri. “The timing could not be better, as I am truly excited to support the College’s renovation plans.”

Dr. Ruggieri, a resident of North Providence, RI, earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Smith College in Northampton, MA and her doctorate degree in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Providence VA Medical Center and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Rhode Island.

About Massasoit Community College

Founded in 1966, Massasoit Community College offers students from southeastern Massachusetts and beyond access to more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs across arts, sciences, applied sciences, healthcare, and technology at locations in Brockton, Canton, Middleborough,​ and online. More than 900 students graduate with a degree or certificate each year from Massasoit, and 2,600 students annually enroll in non-credit community education or workforce development courses. Massasoit students are given access to wraparound services provided on campus to support their success inside and outside the classroom. For more information, visit