For Immediate Release - September 06, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK APPOINTS SIX NEW MEMBERS TO THE ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BOSTON – Thursday, September 6, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today appointed six new members to the Roxbury Community College (RCC) Board of Trustees and reappointed one current member of the Board whose term had expired. The Governor also named Kathy Taylor, an experienced businesswoman and respected community member, as the new Chair of the RCC Board.

The six new trustees appointed today are Kathy Taylor, Beth Williams, Michael A. Curry, Mark Culliton, Glynn Lloyd and Jeffrey O. Greenberg. Steven Tompkins, a member of the RCC Board since 2010, has been reappointed for a second term.  

“Roxbury Community College is a vital part of our public higher education system here in the Commonwealth and a pillar of the Roxbury community,” said Governor Patrick. “I am confident that this group of individuals, with Ms. Taylor at the helm, will successfully chart a path of excellence for the college’s students, faculty and community. 

“I look forward to working with the Roxbury Community College Board as we develop effective strategies to promote the vision of this dynamic institution,” said Roxbury Community College Interim President Dr. Linda Turner. “Together, we will continue to focus on meeting the academic and workforce development needs of the twenty first century student at RCC.” 

“I am excited to take up Governor Patrick's challenge to help build a strong, independent Roxbury Community College that will better serve the needs of its students, faculty, administrators and all of the communities that benefit from its activities,” said Ms. Taylor. “As a Roxbury native, I am especially pleased to work with the business community to ensure that the students from RCC are prepared to enter the job market both here in Massachusetts and across our global economy.”

“The Governor has chosen a first class cohort of trustees and Board leadership,” said Education Secretary Paul Reville. “These members arrive at a crucial time for this institution and we will give them our full measure of support in every way possible to ensure their success.”

“Roxbury Community College is poised to become a prime example of the power of community colleges to serve and support their communities,” said Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of the Department of Higher Education. “These excellent appointments will help support the good work underway at RCC to enhance the academic experience and career readiness of all students.”

Kathy Taylor is Executive Director of The Black Philanthropy Fund, developing a philanthropic platform to work with neighborhood organizations and institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to champion the causes of underserved and deserving communities. Ms. Taylor previously served as Associate Vice President of Community Development at Road Scholar, where she developed and implemented a national strategic outreach plan for the African American community and established a partnership network for Road Scholar with the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Spelman College and the Association of African American Museums. She also served as Senior Director of Corporate Development at the WGBH Educational Foundation and Senior Account Executive at WBZ-TV. Ms. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Boston College, a Master of Education degree from Lesley College and a Certificate in Advanced Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Taylor is filling the seat previously held by Anita Crawford, whose term has expired.

Beth Williams is the CEO of Roxbury Technology Corporation (RTC), a company dedicated to creating jobs and building up its community while making top-quality, earth-friendly products. Under Ms. Williams’ leadership over the past nine years, RTC has experienced double-digit growth and received numerous awards for its successful, socially conscious approach to business. In 2008, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Inc. Magazine named RTC the winner of both Top Minority-Owned and Top Woman-Owned Company of the Year on the 2008 Inner City 100, an annual list that ranks the fastest growing inner city businesses nationwide. Ms. Williams was also named Ernst and Young’s 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Ms. Williams attended Brown University where she earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Urban Studies and Political Science. Ms. Williams is filling one of two seats currently vacant on the Board.

Michael A. Curry is the Legislative Affairs Director and Senior Counsel for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and is a member of the Member of the Disparities Action Network (DAN), a statewide coalition that works to reduce health disparities through legislative advocacy and education. Mr. Curry previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Corporate Affairs Division of Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts. He has been an active member of the NAACP for fifteen years and for the last year, has served as President of the organization’s Boston branch. Mr. Curry attended Macalester College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and Journalism and the New England School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctor degree. Mr. Curry is filling the seat previously held by John Cruz, whose term has expired.

Mark Culliton is the CEO of College Bound Dorchester, a non-profit organization focused on individual and community-wide social change. In his role as CEO, Mr. Culliton oversees the direction and quality of early education, out of school time and college preparation programs that serve 900 students in Boston each year; and ensures the fiscal health of the organization’s annual budget and fundraising efforts, among his other responsibilities. Prior to his time at College Bound Dorchester, Mr. Culliton previously served as the Vice President of Business Development at Lighthouse Academies, Inc. and as COO of Building Educated Leaders for Life, an after-school and summer enrichment organization. He attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Yale School of Management where he earned a Master degree in Business Administration. Mr. Culliton is filling the second of two seats currently vacant on the Board. 

Glynn Lloyd is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of City Fresh Foods, Inc. in Dorchester, a company that produces high quality, economical meals from a variety of ethnic cuisines. Mr. Lloyd previously served as the G.E.D. Coordinator at the Log School in Dorchester where he oversaw academic training and entrepreneurship programs for young people in Dorchester and the surrounding communities. Mr. Lloyd also participated in the Teach for America program, working in classrooms in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He has served on the boards at Four Corners Main Streets, Dorchester and The Food Project, among others, and is the sitting Vice-Chair of the board at Project Bread. Mr. Lloyd attended Boston University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Mr. Lloyd is filling the seat previously held by Michele Courton Brown, whose term has expired. 

Jeffery O. Greenberg is an Associate Medical Director for the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization where he leads a number of projects to improve the quality and value of care that the hospital’s physicians deliver. He also practices Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Advanced Primary Care Associates at South Huntington, the first Brigham and Women’s Hospital practice built as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Dr. Greenberg attended Brown University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Doctor of Medicine degree and Master degree in Business Administration and Health Care Management. Mr. Greenberg is filling the seat previously held by Russell Aims, whose term has expired. 

Steven Tompkins has over twenty-five years of supervisory and management experience in public relations, marketing, communications, promotions and media production. He currently serves as the Chief of External Affairs for the Suffolk County Sherriff’s Department. Mr. Tompkins has previously served as the Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at the Dimock Center, and as a press liaison for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He attended Boston College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and the University of Massachusetts Boston where he earned a Master of Science degree in Public Policy. Mr. Tompkins has served as a member of the Roxbury Board of Trustees since 2010 and is being reappointed to the Board, as his current term has expired. 

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