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MCPHS Leadership

President Richard J. Lessard 

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.

  • 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
  • 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, Pennsylvania
  • Karen Tubridy, Verseau Therapeutics, Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Lesley Walls, Retired, Tulsa, Oklahoma


  • Richard J. Lessard, President
  • Christopher S. Flynn, Chairman
  • Maryesther L. Fournier, Vice Chairman
  • Gary J. Kerr, Treasurer and Auditor
  • Laura H. Chan, Secretary
  • Gail Phillips Bucher, SOSc, University Chaplain
  • Keith Bellucci, Assistant Treasurer
  • Mary Tanona, Assistant Secretary
  • Caroline S. Zeind, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost
    BA, PharmD, University of Tennessee
  • Kristy Altongy-Magee, Program Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies, Manchester/Worcester
    BS, Roger Williams University; BS, MPAS, DScPAS, MCPHS University
  • 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 University
  • Christopher Cooper, Program Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies, Boston
    BS, PA, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; MPAS, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Robert DiCenzo, Dean, School of Pharmacy - Boston
    BS, University of Buffalo; PharmD, Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Jacinda Félix Haro, Dean of Students
    BS, SUNY New Paltz; MAT, Sacred Heart University
  • Tammy L. Gravel, Dean, School of Nursing/Chief Nurse Administrator
    BA, BSN, Salve Regina University; MS, University of Massachusetts-Worcester, EdD, Walden University
  • Daniel Jamous, Chief Academic Technology Officer
    PhD, Université Paris VI, France
  • Richard Kaplan, Dean of Library and Learning Resources
    BA, MLS, University at Albany
  • Frances Keech, Dean, School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics
    MBA, Simmons School of Management; DHSc, Nova Southeastern University
  • Frances Kistner, Program Director, School of Physical Therapy, Worcester
    BS, University of Massachusetts Amherst; MSPT, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine; PhD, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • 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
  • Dennis Moseman, Dean, New England School of Acupuncture (NESA)
    BS, Life University; MS, New York College of Health Professions; DC, Life University
  • Jeanine Mount, Associate Provost for Academic and Professional Affairs
    BS, MS, PhD, Purdue University
  • Maryke Neiberg, Dean, School of Optometry - Worcester
    OD, New England College of Optometry, Boston
  • Henriette Pranger, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness
    BA, Trinity College; MA, PhD, University of Connecticut
  • C. Douglas Simmons, Program Director, School of Occupational Therapy, Manchester/Worcester
    BS, University of Buffalo; MS, University of New Hampshire; PhD, Nova Southeastern University
  • Dianne Smallidge, Interim Dean, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene
    AS, Westbrook College; BS, University of New Hampshire; MDH, University of Tennessee Health Center; EdD, Plymouth State University
  • 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, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Keith Bellucci, Chief Financial Officer
  • Charles Breckling, Chief Digital Marketing Officer
  • Kevin Dolan, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Sue Gorman, Chief Advancement Officer
  • Ashleigh Jones, Chief Business Officer
  • Kevin Nolan, Chief of Public Safety
  • Tom Scanlon, Chief Information Officer
  • Mary Tanona, University Counsel
  • Eric Thompson, Chief Enrollment Officer
  • John Tummino, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Seth Wall, Executive Director Worcester/Manchester
  • Glenn Ward, Director of Facilities, Worcester
  • Jeff Ward, Director of Facilities, Boston
  • Benita Wolff, Chief Inclusion Officer