Dr. John B. Cook began serving as the sixth president of Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) on August 1, 2016. Co-located on the grounds of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is the only technical community college in Massachusetts. The College is also an Achieving the Dream Leader College and is one of just three colleges in the Commonwealth designated a Hispanic Serving Institution. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Cook was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Manchester Community College (MCC) in New Hampshire. In his role as Chief Academic Officer, he was responsible for the administration, leadership, and oversight of all academic programs and faculty at the college. Successes at MCC include working with faculty to revise developmental education, creating Early College pathways and injecting energy into both a comprehensive program review and assessment process. He also worked for 12 years at Granite State College, one of four institutions that constitute the public University System of New Hampshire; Granite State is known particularly as the leading provider of public online education in the state. He served in multiple roles including Assistant Dean of Faculty, Faculty Coordinator, and Research and Evaluation Coordinator for a child welfare training partnership. For a number of years, Dr. Cook taught Research methods and Educational Psychology part-time to Granite State undergraduates. John has long held a deep interest in the relationships between communities and their higher education collaborators. He was nominated and selected in 2010 to be an Emerging Engagement Scholar by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), whose goal is to work collaboratively to build strong college/university-community partnerships. His past local service has included serving as a member of the Town of Tuftonboro (NH) Budget Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Planning Board. He holds a BS from St. Lawrence University in Psychology and Anthropology, a Master’s degree in Community/Social Psychology from UMass Lowell, and a Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum/Instruction) from the University of New Hampshire.