Joseph L. Cassidy, an alumnus of the University of Maine School of Law, recently became president of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). He is the 11th person to lead SMCC in its 72-year history.
Prior to becoming president of SMCC, Cassidy served as president of Washington County Community College (WCCC) for five years. He also simultaneously served as interim president of Eastern Maine Community College in 2015-16.
“I am honored to become the leader of Maine’s largest and most diverse community college,” Cassidy said. “We have many opportunities ahead of us to provide the education and training that prepares our graduates for bright futures while strengthening Maine’s economy. We are committed to student success and remaining flexible to meet the changing needs of students and the marketplace.”
Cassidy replaces Ron Cantor as president of SMCC. Cantor, who served for seven years, stepped down as president to work on strategic initiatives for the Maine Community College System.
Cassidy received his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000. He has a M.S. in Education and a B.A. in History from the University of Southern Maine. He began his career at WCCC as a faculty member and once served as president of the WCCC Faculty Association and as mayor of the city of Calais.