MassBay Community College is a place that changes lives. Dedicated to student learning and achievement, we offer associate degrees and certificate programs that provide students with top-notch education to prepare them for transfer to accredited bachelor’s degree programs or direct entry into high-demand career fields.
At MassBay, our students have opportunities to enrich their college experience through leadership and participation in activities, student services, field work with local businesses, civic organizations, and schools. Founded in 1961, MassBay is one of 15 publicly funded community colleges in Massachusetts and is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education – NECHE (formerly NEASC) and program-specific national accrediting bodies.
We serve approximately 6,000 full-time and part-time students from the greater Boston and the Metrowest region on our campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland. Our alumni/ae are teachers and college professors, entrepreneurs and business owners, lawyers and elected officials, and everything in between.
MassBay was ranked the No. 1 community college in Massachusetts by the Brookings Institution for value-added salary outcomes of our graduates – in short, our graduates pay less for their college education, but earn more, when compared to peer institutions and four-year institutions nationwide. Across all community college nationally, MassBay ranked No. 16 and ranked No. 2 among community colleges across New England.
College Leadership Office of the President
David Podell, Ph.D. is the sixth president of Massachusetts Bay Community College. Prior to joining MassBay in July 2016, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, and as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the College of Staten Island, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). In addition, Dr. Podell has served on on the faculty of the College of Staten Island, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Adelphi University.
A long-time academic leader and scholar, Dr. Podell’s passions have focused on expanding higher education access and providing high quality educational opportunities to help students advance their academic goals, advance their careers, and enrich their lives.
At the College of Staten Island, he spearheaded the creation of innovative programs for both high achieving students and those with developmental and English language needs. Under his leadership, the college developed its first doctoral programs in Nursing and Physical Therapy, and new master’s, bachelor’s, and certificate programs. He led a team that created an on-campus, internationally-themed high school, receiving support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Asia Society.
At Marymount Manhattan College, he introduced a learning communities program for first-year students, as well as the college’s first honors program. He worked closely with faculty to create new programs in Business and Communication Arts to respond industry demands, and a new liberal arts major, “Politics and Human Rights.” He engaged faculty in the creation of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence and a monthly conversation series on diversity and social justice.
Dr. Podell’s academic research, which focuses on the psychology of cognitive disabilities, has appeared in the Journal of Research and Development in Education, Child Abuse and Neglect, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, the Journal of Educational Research, and the Journal of Special Education. He is the co-author of Educational Psychology: Windows on Teaching (McGraw-Hill) and the editor of two readers, Perspectives: Educating Exceptional Learners and Educational Psychology: Contending Ideas and Opinions (Coursewise).
Dr. Podell graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history. He earned his Ed.M. in Child Development from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from New York University. He also studied at the University of London through Empire State College, State University of New York, and at the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
These words begin the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence. At the time they were written, women were not meant to be included but, since that time, the statement has been considered by many to refer to all individuals being created equal. But the rights spoken of in the Declaration, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” have never been enjoyed fully by Black people in this country. Why, in the year 2021, do parents have to live in fear that their teenage or adult children may be the victim of violence by the police? Why do Black people earn less, have poorer health outcomes, and have shorter lives than white people? Why was Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, and hundreds more killed?
This past year has been a watershed moment in our nation, a reckoning. Will we, as a society, advance toward justice and equality, or will we make a few superficial changes and be content to allow these inequalities to continue?
MassBay Community College rejects the status quo. Our community is committed to change: to eradicating the inequalities and injustices that Black people have lived with on this land since 1619. As an educational institution, we seek to make change through learning, both by our students and by the faculty and staff. As a community, we seek to live by the values of fairness, empathy, and respect. We reject violence by anyone but, in particular, violence by the police against the very citizens they are sworn to protect.
When the Black Lives Matter movement began, I heard some respond by saying, “All lives matter.” Such a response misses the very point of the expression “Black lives matter.” The words “Black lives matter” needed to be said to counter centuries of slavery, segregation, lynching, discrimination, oppression, denial of opportunity, and state-supported violence. In history and to this very day, our society repeatedly denies Blacks “the unalienable rights… [of] life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that we so proudly teach our children are a bedrock of this country.
MassBay commits itself to looking for and rooting out systemic racism within our policies and procedures; to educating ourselves and our students to understand the manifestations of structural racism in the larger society; and to be allies and advocates for one another in a community free of bias, inequality, and hate. Let us instead be an anti-racist community committed to the improvement of our larger society. MassBay is working to achieve racial equity within our own community and beyond.
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