Office of the President
Dr. Cynthia Brown is Interim President of MCLA, and will continue in this role until the 12th President of MCLA is selected.
Dr. Brown joined MCLA in 2009 as Vice President of Academic Affairs. In that role she has provided leadership and vision aligned with the College’s strategic plan for all academic programs and curriculum, including academic departments, graduate and continuing education, the library, institutional research and planning, and the Honors Program. Among other achievements, Dr. Brown co-chaired MCLA’s ten-year self-study and reaccreditation process for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This process, extending from 2011 to 2013, has resulted in reaccreditation until 2023.
For more than a decade, the College, under the leadership of President Emerita Mary K. Grant, experienced a period of transformation and progress, garnering recognition for its academic programs, dedicated faculty and staff, and leadership and extracurricular opportunities for students. For the fourth consecutive year, MCLA has received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College Most recently MCLA was cited in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 Best College Values for 2015.
The College is home to the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility that opened in 2013, that positions the College to harvest opportunities in the Commonwealth’s world-class biotechnology and life sciences sector. Campus programs such as MCLA’s LEAD Academy, the Berkshire Bank STEM Academy, and the Center for Student Success and Engagement continue to support student success. The College provides economic and cultural opportunities to the greater Berkshires community through the Berkshire Compact for Education, its Berkshire Cultural Resources Center, and leadership in the Berkshire Readiness Center for educators, among other initiatives.
In following well-established and strategic directions, MCLA will continue on its path of advancement under Interim President Brown’s leadership.