Clark University President David P. Angel, in his role as Board Chair of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA), led a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the organization’s newly renovated offices in downtown Worcester, on April 30.
HECCMA’s new space at 11 Norwich Street is housed in property owned by consortium member MCPHS University. It was officially renamed “The HECCMA Building” by Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus.
“In establishing HECCMA, the presidents of the region’s colleges and universities express their commitment to being directly involved in ensuring that higher education continues to flourish in the region in ways that are mutually beneficial to both our own institutions and the community,” President Angel said. “With the exciting developments underway in the city of Worcester, we judged it important for HECCMA to be located downtown, and we are most grateful to MPCHS University for making the Norwich Street space available to us.”
City Manager Augustus, Worcester Mayor Joe Petty, Charles F. Monahan Jr., president of MCPHS University, along with other board members and Worcester-area college and university presidents participated in the festivities.
HECCMA’s goal is to serve its twelve member colleges and universities through collaborative efforts. Current priorities include developing strategies for cost effectiveness, improving cross-registration, ensuring institutional relationship community-building, and promoting Worcester and Central Massachusetts as a college town and knowledge-based economy.
Jeanine B. Went is the HECCMA executive director.
For more information about HECCMA, its priorities, members, and services, you may visit the website at www.heccma.org.
The HECCMA grand opening in the media:
Higher ed consortium celebrates office opening in downtown Worcester (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
Reorganized colleges group opens new Worcester office (Worcester Business Journal)
Ch. 3 Worcester News Tonight (begins at 4:47)
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