A Letter from the President - August 2022
Dear Bay State College Community,
It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into another academic year. I hope you all enjoyed the summer and that you found time for well-deserved relaxation and recreation. Campus life has not slowed down since our May commencement. We’ve been busy planning for an exciting year ahead.
The biggest news is our return to campus. Now that we are through what we hope is the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we expect more vibrancy in Boston and in Taunton. We've scheduled more in-person classes, and faculty and staff are returning to our classrooms and offices.
Here are some of the changes we’ve made over the last few months:
In academic news, Dr. William Morrissette has agreed to be the Dean of the newly named Division of Professional Studies. Bill has been our Program Chair of Criminal Justice, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and has overseen the development and implementation of our Core Curriculum. The Division of Professional Studies now includes our programs in Business, Management, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Entertainment Management, and Fashion Merchandising.
Cheryl McInerney has returned as our Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is thrilled to be back and has been working closely with the school’s department chairs and faculty to ensure all our nursing, PTA, and health sciences students have a strong educational experience that positions them for great careers.
On the Student Affairs front, Dustin Martin is now the Director of Student Affairs and the main point of contact for student issues and concerns. Joining him in the Student Affairs Office is Celia Keefer, our Student Activities Coordinator. Throughout the summer Celia has planned several activities for our students and has improved the look of our hallways through her creative bulletin board displays. There’s a lot more to come through the academic year, so please stay tuned.
We're thrilled to have Owen Record join Bay State as the College’s Director of Esports. Owen was previously a coach at Clark University in Worcester, and he has an impressive track record as a top player. He understands the importance of both studying and playing hard. We are confident Owen will assemble a strong team of student athletes.
We're sad to report that over the summer Megan Delano, our mental health counselor, accepted a position at another institution. We've hired Yvonne Fall who will work at Bay State part time, and we are in the midst of interviewing for the second position.
We’re also excited to announce the addition of a Mobile Digital Forensics Lab on-site at our Boston Campus. Our Criminal Justice students will use it to learn how to hack into devices to gather important information. The Fashion Design Lab is now located next door to Classroom 230 and the Audio Lab has moved to room 226 in Boston.
This fall semester, we will be welcoming students from the nearby School of Fashion Design to our Boston Campus. While they are not officially Bay State College students, they will be using classroom and design lab space on the second floor. Please be sure to say hello to new faces and show our guests a kind Bay State College welcome.
I wish you all a great start to the new Academic year!
Bay State College