Maureen O’Neill Named Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen O'NeillMaureen O’Neill, Ph.D. of Beverly has been named Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at North Shore Community College. O’Neill will replace Paul Frydrych, who is retiring from the position August 16 after 42 years at the college.

O’Neill will serve as interim VP until after a new President is hired and can lead a search for a permanent replacement of this key position.

O’Neill has served as Dean of Liberal Studies at NSCC since 1994. In that role, she was responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership for the Division of Liberal Studies, hiring, scheduling, supervising and evaluating faculty, serving on governance committees, and engaging in strategic planning, budget management, and accreditation reports. She also supervised grants such as the U.S. Department of Labor grant, the Massachusetts Department of Education transition-to-college grant for GED students, and FIPSE funded program for transitioning adults to higher education and careers. She also serves on reaccreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

“I am very honored to have been chosen to be Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. I am excited to have the opportunity to support our faculty and other academic leaders in offering excellent education here at North Shore Community College.” O’Neill said. “Paul Frydrych established a culture of excellence which I intend to continue. NSCC is proud to be the first step in higher education for approximately 8,000 credit students and as many corporate learners and non-credit students on the North Shore.

“NSCC is engaged in many exciting projects, ranging from the college’s Honors Program, a large number of transfer agreements with area public and private colleges, to short term job training programs for adults entering new fields. We work effectively with community partners such as the North Shore Workforce Investment Board (WIB), community based organizations, and area four-year colleges as partners in grant opportunities to support and develop opportunities in career fields as varied as biotechnology and advanced manufacturing. The college’s work with the Department of Labor grant ($20 million statewide) has led to a great statewide partnership in developmental education and job training.

“I am thrilled to serve as the leader in Academic Affairs during this year of transition and I look forward to a very productive year. And we all look forward to welcoming a new president of the college,” O’Neill concluded.

Prior to NSCC, O’Neill held multiple positions within the Division of Liberal Arts at Endicott College for seventeen years. She has taught psychology at Endicott, Boston College and Salem State College, and had a clinical private practice offering individual short and long-term therapy part-time from1982-2004.

O’Neill holds a Ph.D. from Boston College in Counseling Psychology, a M.Ed. from Boston College in Guidance and Counseling and a B.A. from Merrimack College in American Studies/Psychology. She served on the American Council on Education, Executive Board (and officer), of the National Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education ACE National Network of Women Leaders, and has been a member since 1985. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors of North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP), 2011 to present, and been a board member since 2008.

Among her honors are the Endicott College Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1984 and 1993, and a NDEA Title IV Fellowship, Boston College, 1968-1971.

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