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MCPHS Leadership

President Richard J. Lessard 

Message from President Richard J. Lessard

Dear MCPHS Community,

Creating a shared vision for the future is one of the biggest challenges of any organization and ours is no different. We have collectively, and painstakingly, withstood the many challenges that this pandemic has delivered. Our unwavering approach to supporting each other should give us a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment. Although we have gained great strength during these last couple of years, the obstacles that lie ahead for higher education, as well as society in general, continue to be daunting. With that said, I am proud to begin to lay out the inspiring results of our Community’s efforts in charting the course for our future.

It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I recently announce the release of our updated Strategic Plan. Our Plan includes a number of critical and contemporary strategic priorities that will serve to define us and represent what is most important to our University. Some of these priorities were identified a few years back and the remainder will serve to strengthen our Plan for the realities of the present.

Our priorities fall into six general themes including collaboration, inclusion, success, sustainability, planning, and support. In order to ensure the success of our Plan, we have established a formal organizational structure for overseeing and guiding its progress and have energized numerous committees from across the MCPHS Community. These individuals from all stakeholder groups, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and others, are working closely together to move these important initiatives forward.

Our University has been a leader in healthcare education for close to 200 years, and it has never been more important to face our challenges head on. We have an unprecedented opportunity to emerge from the past and embrace the opportunities of the future. This Plan is the roadmap to do just that. For everyone that has been part of this reimagining effort, I truly thank you. Please know that the guidance and input from our entire Community has never been more valuable. We are truly all in this together and I am confident that this shared vision will become our greatest strength.

A complete overview of the Plan and details on its various operating committees can be found on our Strategic Plan pages. These pages also highlight the various strategic priorities as well as their purpose statements. They will be updated regularly to reflect the many accomplishments and current focus of the priority teams. We will also provide many opportunities for all of our Community members to be involved and to provide your important feedback.

As I have mentioned in the past, this is truly a transformational time for our University. We are rapidly approaching the start of our bicentennial year and have never been stronger. We also have a noble responsibility to step forward, define ourselves, and confidently position MCPHS as a leader in healthcare education for generations to come.

Richard J. Lessard, President

  • 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, Retired, Waltham, 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
  • Karen Tubridy, Biotechnology Consultant, Cambridge, 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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Alicia Kelley, Interim Program Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies, Boston
    BA, University of Colorado, Boulder; BS, MS, DScPAS, MCPHS 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, EdD, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Glenn Ward, Director of Facilities, Worcester
  • Jeff Ward, Director of Facilities, Boston
  • Benita Wolff, Chief Inclusion Officer