Janice M. Forsstrom of Peabody has been named Interim President of North Shore Community College effective August 1, 2013. Forsstrom, who has worked at the college for 39 years and is currently its Vice President of Administration and Finance, will lead the college from the retirement of President Wayne M. Burton on July 31 until a new President is hired and onboard at the college.
The college is currently conducting a nationwide Presidential Search and expects to have final candidates on campus for visits in September.
Forsstrom is a talented administrator with broad based expertise in resource planning and management including finance, strategic planning, information technology and administrative systems, and facilities planning. She started at NSCC in 1974 working in the grants office and worked in a variety of increasingly responsible positions before being named VP in 2003. She oversees the college’s $50 million annual operating budget and its four campus locations, including Danvers/Hathorne (Essex Aggie), Lynn, and the Institute for Corporate Training in Beverly.
VP Forsstrom is instrumental in the college’s facilities development and sustainability initiatives and oversaw, from conception to completion to grand opening the Commonwealth’s first state-owned Zero Net Energy building, NSCC’s 58,000 square foot Health Professions and Student Services building. The building is the second largest in the country and features geothermal, photo-voltaic and other energy efficiencies. The state-of-the-art equipment and technology it contains will prepare students seeking careers in allied health professions with cutting edge knowledge and skills.
A long-time advocate for technology that advances operational effectiveness, teaching/learning and student success, Forsstrom served as Co-Chair of the past three multi-year Strategic Plans and was a contributor to college NEASC self-studies 1999 and 2009.
” I’ve been fortunate to be part of the tremendous growth of North Shore Community College and blessed with the many colleagues and friendships developed over time – it’s a wonderful place to work, I love the people and challenges, and am truly excited for the role that will prepare for transition to a new President later this year!” Forrstrom said.
“President Burton is leaving a legacy of building hope and opportunity for the region …I want to sustain that legacy and continue forward with a few activities in our 2013-16 Strategic Plan. I am looking forward to continuing to fulfill the vision of a welcoming college at all our locations (Danvers, Lynn, Beverly) and to serve the needs of the North Shore,” she added.
Forsstrom has positioned the college as a renowned leader in the community college system with technology advancements and best practices, which resulted in the college receiving the very competitive Sungard Chamberlain Award for Institutional Performance, which came with a $10,000 scholarship, CIO 100 Award Transformers, and Digital Education Achievement Award: Student Centered Category. NSCC has won national awards for campus portal technology, online services and innovation.
She has shared her experiences and expertise with regional and national audiences through authorship of numerous articles, panel presentations, and webinars.
Forsstrom holds a Master of Arts from Boston University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Regis College. She is on the board of the North Shore Technology Council, has served as Chair of the MA Community College VP’s of Administration/CFO Council and as a Commissioner for the Essex National Heritage Association. Additional honors include being named North of Boston Business and Professional Woman of the Year, and a MA Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance.