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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences President Richard J. Lessard

MCPHS University Interim President Richard J. Lessard MCPHS University Interim President Richard J. Lessard

Richard J. (Rick) Lessard has been the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) for the last 22 years. During that time, he has worked closely with the President, Provost and senior academic leaders to develop programming that has expanded the scope of the University to include 12 schools, over 100 programs, and enrollment reaching 7500 students.

Rick has an unwavering commitment to student success and has taken a leadership role on numerous academic and administrative strategic planning committees that focus on institutional effectiveness, program development, technology and facility master planning.

In addition to his work with academic affairs, Rick is responsible for planning and governance of all fiscal policies, including oversight of the University’s Endowment Fund, which has grown exponentially during his tenure.

He has also led the acquisition, master planning and construction of all building expansion projects for the last 22 years, including increasing MCPHS’s footprint from one building in one city to thirty buildings in three cities.

At a time when many higher education organizations are suffering from significant challenges, Rick’s contribution to the creation of an exceptionally strong academic and financial foundation will allow MCPHS to continue to capitalize on strategic opportunities.

MCPHS Leadership

As the second-oldest and largest university of pharmacy in the country, MCPHS has a legacy of exceptional leadership that has kept us on the cutting edge of healthcare education. The MCPHS spirit of innovation and our continued pursuit of excellence are championed by our leaders. The entire staff at MCPHS shares a deep dedication to forwarding the healthcare industry by training future generations of professionals across all disciplines.

MCPHS's volunteer board members are entrusted with the highest fiduciary duty to make all final binding decisions related to the management of the University. We are grateful for each dedicated member of this highly respected and diverse group, which provides the forward thinking and momentum that drives the University in new and exciting directions. The Trustees are appointed by the University Corporation, which is governed by the MCPHS By-Laws.

  • Carol Bright, The Bright Family Foundation, Modesto, California
  • Gail P. Bucher, Retired, Concord, Massachusetts
  • Laura Chan, Retired, Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • Marie Dyer, Brightstar Care Home Infusion, Randolph, Massachusetts
  • Christopher Flynn, Flynn’s Pharmacy and Home Medical Equipment, Inc., Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Maryesther L. Fournier, Smith Drug, Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • Richard E. Griffin, Retired, Bedford, New Hampshire
  • Emery Johnson, Warren Associates Inc. Consulting Service, Allen, Texas
  • Gary J. Kerr, Baystate Health, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • David Maher, Ex-Officio, Retired, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Michael Searvance, Dekalb Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia
  • Heidi Kantor Snyder, Drug World Pharmacies, New City, New York
  • Ronald P. Thiboutot, Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA, Harrisburg, PA
  • Karen Tubridy, Akebia Therapeutics, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Lesley Walls, Retired, Tulsa, Oklahoma


  • Richard J. Lessard, President 
  • Richard E. Griffin, Chairman
  • Maryesther L. Fournier, Vice Chairman
  • Christopher S. Flynn, Treasurer and Auditor
  • Laura H. Chan, Secretary
  • Gail Phillips Bucher, SOSc, University Chaplain

President Emeritus

  • Charles F. Monahan Jr., Retired, Worcester, Massachusetts

Chairmen Emeriti

  • Jay Bikofsky, J.E.B. Consulting, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
  • David Maher, Retired, Salt Lake City, Utah

Trustees Emeriti

  • Jon C. Anderson
  • Chester E. Babineau
  • Paul G. Boisseau
  • George D. Denmark
  • Mark Fuller
  • Ernest P. Gates Jr.
  • Theodore L. Iorio
  • Marguerite Johnson
  • Gregory H. Laham
  • Ronald Matricaria
  • Judith P. Ronshagen
  • Alex Schamroth
  • Catherine R. Shattuck
  • Milton N. Stamatos

The Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost is responsible for all academic programs at the University. All MCPHS faculty have appointments in one of the Schools or libraries within Academic Affairs.

Caroline S. Zeind, Vice President for Academic Affairs / Provost
BA, PharmD, University of Tennessee

  • Delia Castro Anderson, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education; Dean, School of Arts and Sciences 
    BA, University of Rhode Island; MA, University of South Carolina; PhD, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Paul Belliveau, Interim Dean, School of Pharmacy, Worcester/Manchester
    BS, University of Rhode Island; PharmD, MCPHS
  • Jacinda Félix Haro, Dean of Students
    BS, SUNY New Paltz; MAT, Sacred Heart University
  • Dennis Moseman, Dean, New England School of Acupuncture (NESA)
    BS, Life University; MS, New York College of Health Professions; DC, Life University
  • Richard Kaplan, Dean of Library and Learning Resources
    BA, MLS, University at Albany
  • Stephen Kerr, Interim Dean, School of Pharmacy–Boston
    BSc, St. Xavier’s College (India); BSc (Tech), University of Bombay (India); PhD, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • Barbara A. Macaulay, Associate Provost, Academic Innovation
    BS, Springfield College; MEd, Worcester State College; EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Craig Mack, Associate Provost for Student Achievement and Success
    BA, Bowling Green State University; MEd University of South Carolina; EdD, Johnson & Wales University
  • Anna K. Morin, Associate Provost – Worcester/Manchester
    BA, Cornell University; BSPharm, PharmD, University of Rhode Island
  • Jeanine Mount, Associate Provost for Academic and Professional Affairs
    BS Pharm, MS, PhD, Purdue University
  • Maryke Neiberg, Dean, School of Optometry - Worcester
    OD, New England College of Optometry, Boston
  • Tammy L. Gravel, Chief Nurse Administrator/Interim Dean, School of Nursing, Boston
    BA, BSN, Salve Regina University; MS, University of Massachusetts-Worcester, EdD, Walden University
  • Henriette Pranger, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness
    BA, Trinity College; MA, PhD, University of Connecticut
  • Dianne Smallidge, Interim Dean, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene
    AS, Westbrook College; BS, University of New Hampshire; MDH, University of Tennessee Health Center
  • Michael Spooner, Dean, School of Healthcare Business
    BS, MHA, Suffolk University; EdD, Northeastern University
  • Carol Stuckey, Dean, School of Professional Studies
    BA, Indiana University; MBA, Babson College
  • Stacey Taylor, Administrative Dean University Registrar
    BS, Suffolk University
  • Patrick Zeller, Chief Affiliations Officer
    BS in Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • Keith Bellucci, Chief Financial Officer
    BA, Gordon College; CPA, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Charles Breckling, Chief Digital Marketing Officer
    MBA, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Kevin Dolan, Chief Human Resources Officer
    MS, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Ashleigh Jones, Chief Business Officer
    MSA, Babson College; CPA, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Kevin Nolan, Chief of Public Safety
  • Tom Scanlon, Chief Information Officer
    BS, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Eric Thompson, Interim Chief Enrollment Officer
    BS, University of South Carolina
  • John Tummino, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
    BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Jeff Ward, Director of Facilities
  • Mary Tanona, Associate General Counsel; Legal Affairs JD,
    Fordham University School of Law; BA, Smith College
  • Denise Vernava, CORI Officer/Paralegal
  • Sue Gorman, Interim Chief Advancement Officer
    BS, Bentley University; MBA, Suffolk University
  • Michael R. RattyDirector of Alumni Communications
    BA, Ithaca College
  • Anna K. MorinAssociate Provost – Worcester/Manchester
    BA, Cornell University; BSPharm, PharmD, University of Rhode Island
  • Seth P. WallExecutive Director Worcester/Manchester
    BA, BS, University of New Hampshire; MBA, MS, Southern New Hampshire University; EdD, New England College

For contact information, please email the Office of the President or call 617-732-2880.

  • Albert A. Belmonte, PhDProfessor of Pharmaceutics Emeritus
  • Donald Bernard, MDMedical Director Emeritus
  • Hridaya N. Bhargava, PhDProfessor of Industrial Pharmacy Emeritus
  • Steven D. Cohen, ScDProfessor of Pharmacology/Toxicology Emeritus
  • Benjamin R. Hershenson, PhDDean Emeritus
  • David C. Kosegarten, PhDProfessor of Pharmacology Emeritus
  • Scott L. Massey, PhDDean Emeritus
  • George Matelli, EdDAssociate Professor of Physics and Mathematics Emeritus
  • Harold I. Silverman, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Emeritus
  • David E. Tanner, PhDProfessor of American Studies and Humanities Emeritus
  • Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, PhDProfessor of American Studies and Political Science Emeritus
  • Lesley Walls, MDFounding Dean Emeritus, School of Optometry
  • David A. Williams, PhDProfessor of Chemistry Emeritus
  • Philip I. Wizwer, MSProfessor of Pharmacy Practice Emeritus