Daniel Asquino took over as Quincy College’s new interim president on Nov. 18 — the latest in a series of temporary heads for the two-year, city-affiliated school.
Asquino was president of Mount Wachusett Community College for 30 years, retiring in 2017. He will be interim president at Quincy College until a permanent leader is found, according to Paul Barbadoro, chairman of the Quincy College Board of Governors.
“Familiar with the nuances of higher education, Dr. Asquino will surely be an asset to Quincy College as it navigates the transition of leadership and administration, culminating in the appointment of a President,” Barbadoro said. “We are grateful to Dr. Asquino for his leadership as an established educator and administrator who has spent most of his career working in the Massachusetts public college system.”
In a statement, Asquino said his “mission is to support the college, its students, staff, and faculty during this transitional period as the college works to appoint new leadership that will set the course for the college’s future. Together, we will continue to move the college forward and build on all the hard work that the Quincy College community has embarked upon in recent months, to build a path to success for our students.”
Asquino replaces Michael Bellotti, the former Norfolk County sheriff who served as interim president from September 2018 until now, leaving to become president of ARK Behavioral Health Centers.
Before that, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch was acting president of the college for several months after Peter Tsaffaras left abruptly in May of 2018 when the college’s nursing program lost its accreditation.
During Bellotti’s tenure, the nursing program was able to meet state standards and reopen.
In a statement, Quincy College said Asquino has a legacy of community college leadership and noted that Mount Wachusett “grew exponentially in size, stature and academic services” under his watch.
Asquino began his career in public higher education in 1971 as assistant to the president of the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges.
He holds degrees in public administration, political science, and economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Southeastern Massachusetts University (Now UMass Dartmouth), according to the statement, and has taught public administration at the high school and college level.
Quincy College serves about 4,000 students at campuses in Quincy and Plymouth, offering 37 associate degrees and 27 certificate programs. Students come from around Greater Boston, as well as 121 countries.
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