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MCPHS University Interim 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 MCPHS University 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 University Leadership

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

MCPHS University'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 University 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

Officers

  • Richard J. Lessard, Interim 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 University 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
  • Jacinda Félix Haro, Interim Dean of Students
    BS, SUNY New Paltz; MAT, Sacred Heart University
  • Sue Gorman, Executive Director for Academic Affairs
    BS, Bentley University; MBA, Suffolk University
  • Amy Hull, Interim Dean, New England School of Acupuncture
    MAOM, New England School of Acupuncture; MEd, Cambridge College
  • 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, Interim Chief Academic Officer-Worcester/Manchester; Dean, School of Pharmacy, 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
    MS, OD, University of Houston
  • Kathleen Polley-Payne, Chief Nurse Administrator/Dean, School of Nursing, Boston
    ADN, Westbrook College; RN-MSN, Pediatric Primary Care, Simmons College; PhD, Education with specialization in Nursing Education, Capella University
  • Henriette Pranger, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness
    BA, Trinity College; MA, PhD, University of Connecticut
  • Karen Single, Executive Director, Center for Professional Career Development
    BA, Boston College; MEd Northeastern University
  • 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

  • Richard J. Lessard, Interim President
    BS, MS, Bentley College; CPA, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Keith Bellucci, Chief Business Officer
    BA, Gordon College; CPA, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Charles Breckling, Chief Digital Marketing Officer
    MBA, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Margaret Eaton-Crawford, Director of Purchasing
  • Kevin Dolan, Chief Human Resources Officer
    MS, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Kevin Nolan, Chief of Public Safety
    BS, Northeastern University
  • Kathleen Ryan, Chief Enrollment Officer
    BS, College of New Rochelle
  • Tom Scanlon, Chief Information Officer
    BS, Southern New Hampshire University
  • 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
  • Marguerite C. JohnsonSenior Vice President for University Advancement
    BSP, PharmM, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; MBA, Western New England College
  • Michael R. RattyDirector of Communications
    BA, Ithaca College
  • Lara Shew, Director of Continuing Education
    BS, Northeastern University
  • Patrick Zeller, Chief Affiliations Officer
    BS in Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Sue GormanExecutive Director for Academic Affairs for Worcester and Manchester Campus
    BS, Bentley University; MBA,Suffolk University
  • Anna K. MorinInterim Chief Academic Officer for the Worcester and Manchester Campuses; Dean, School of Pharmacy—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