The appointment comes after the passing of President Ray DiPasquale

BROCKTON, Mass (April 11, 2024) – Massasoit Community College Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer, William A. Mitchell, has been named Interim President, effective Tuesday, April 9, 2024. His appointment was made by the College’s Board of Trustees at a special board meeting on April 8 and approved by Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Noe Ortega.

President Mitchell Headshot

Bill, with more than 35 years of higher education experience, was appointed Interim President after the passing of Ray DiPasquale, Massasoit’s seventh President.

“As the Massasoit community continues to mourn Ray’s passing, the Board sought to identify an Interim President who could help us navigate a number of ongoing priorities and continue to plan for our future,” said Tom Carroll, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Massasoit Community College. “Bill Mitchell is that leader. We are grateful that he has accepted the position and that he will help us carry on Ray’s legacy.”

From 1985 to 1994, Bill held a number of roles across Massasoit, including in finance, student activities, and as adjunct faculty. He served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Services at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 1994 to 2012. In 2012, he returned to Massasoit as the Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He served as Interim President from September 2017 until July 2018.

“Massasoit’s Board of Trustees has shown effective leadership in charting a path forward for the College following the loss of its dedicated president, Ray DiPasquale. I offer my condolences to President DiPasquale’s family, friends, and the entire Massasoit community,” said Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Noe Ortega. “President DiPasquale was passionate about Massasoit’s future, and the appointment of William Mitchell as interim president helps to ensure that future is strong. Interim President Mitchell brings significant experience and commitment to Massasoit, and I’m confident that he will sustain and build on the College’s success.”

A proud native of Brockton, Bill first came to Massasoit Community College as a student before his career in minor league baseball. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bridgewater State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Framingham State University.

“As a former Massasoit student, I understand firsthand the impact that the College has on our students who are changing their lives through education. And as a longtime administrator, I recognize the important role Massasoit plays in our communities,” said Mitchell. “Although this appointment is bittersweet, I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the College into its next phase, and I look forward to working with my colleagues at Massasoit, in the community, and across the state.”

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


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