Board of Trustees

MWCC Trustee Scott Howard, right, with President Asquino, was recently reappointed to the board.

Scott Howard, chief operating officer of Bemis Associates, has been reappointed to the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Deval Patrick.

Mr. Howard, who initially joined the board in 2009, was sworn in for a new term during a brief ceremony at the college on January 22. In addition to his service at MWCC, Mr. Howard serves on the board of directors for Fidelity Bank and served for many years on the United Way of North Central Massachusetts board of directors, including as past chair.

“Mr. Howard is a remarkable civic and corporate leader,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “His expertise in economic development and his commitment to community service are assets to Mount Wachusett Community College and our students, and we are delighted with his reappointment.”

Through the leadership of the Howard family, Bemis Associates and its employees are known for instilling a company-wide philanthropic spirit, President Asquino said. Bemis, based in Shirley, is a global manufacturer of adhesives, coatings and specialty films used in the apparel, automotive and woodworking industries. The company has been owned by the Howard family since 1930 and its products are used in a wide variety of name-brand merchandise.

Mr. Howard joined the family business in 1985. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Littleton and are the parents of three children. In addition to serving as a trustee for MWCC, Mr. Howard previously served on the United Way Board of Directors for more than a decade and is a past chairman of the board. He currently serves on the board of directors for Fidelity Bank.

 

New Trustee Mark Shirman, center, was welcomed to MWCC on Oct. 18 by Trustee and immediate past chair James Garrison, left, and President Asquino.

Mark Shirman, president and chief executive officer of Westford-based RiverMeadow Software, Inc., has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College.

“Mr. Shirman’s business acumen and entrepreneurial success in the field of Information Technology will be a tremendous asset to the college and the greater community as we continue our mission of providing students with access to affordable, quality education and expanding economic development opportunities in our region,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

At RiverMeadow Software, Mr. Shirman leads a team that develops cloud migration and disaster recovery software for the cloud service provider market. He has nearly 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the IT services arena, including 10 years as founder and CEO of GlassHouse Technologies in Framingham. At GlassHouse he was responsible for building upon the company’s leadership in the storage solutions space, managing the investment community, and setting the vision for the company’s solutions development.

Mr. Shirman said he was interested in serving on the board to “support a community institution I strongly believe in” and leverage his business experience. “I understand major technology shifts that are taking place in the market that will represent opportunities and careers for people for many years, as opposed to a one-year phenomenon.”

Mr. Shirman previously served as executive vice president of corporate development and CTO at Convergent Group in Englewood, Colo., where he executed a combination of operational and marketing strategies that resulted in a successful public offering and the subsequent sale of the business to Schlumberger Corporation. Among his other professional experience, he was responsible for the worldwide eBusiness and CRM lines of business for Cambridge Technology Partners and previously ran similar units for BSG/Alliance IT in Austin, Texas. In 1985, he launched a new breed IT consulting company called Innovative Information Systems Inc. (IISI), which was focused on emerging technologies and application development. He served as CEO of IISI until its sale to CDI Corporation in 1990, where he then served as president until 1995.

He started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. after receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University and his MBA from American University, where he is a frequent guest lecturer. He served on the advisory board of a Massachusetts nonprofit called Baby’s Breath, a model program that assists infants who are in need of a safe, caring and stable home environment. He lives with his wife Beth Quenzel Shirman in Sutton and is the father of five children.

Tina Sbrega

Tina Sbrega, president and chief executive officer of GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner, has been appointed chair of the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees. She has served on the board since 2005, most recently as vice chair.

“Our community colleges are at the center of our efforts to close the skills gap and help people get back to work in Massachusetts,” said Governor Deval Patrick, who announced Ms. Sbrega’s appointment on Oct. 18. “I want to thank Ms. Sbrega for her willingness to serve in this capacity and am confident that she will be a critical partner in our collective efforts to better serve our students and employers, building a stronger Commonwealth for generations to come.”

“As a trustee and most recently as vice chair, Tina Sbrega has been a diligent, community-minded member of the board,” MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino said. “We are pleased that Governor Patrick has appointed her to continue the leadership of our outgoing board chair, Jim Garrison, who has admirably served our college community and will continue to serve on the board. Ms. Sbrega is a highly regarded leader and we welcome the continuity her appointment will provide,” he said.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to serve in this role as chair of the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees,” Ms. Sbrega said. “The leadership, the faculty, and the entire college community do a phenomenal job in serving the needs of North Central Massachusetts students and local businesses, and I’m proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization.”

Ms. Sbrega began her work with GFA in 1980 and has served in numerous capacities at the company over the past 30 years. She serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Heywood Hospital and as a director for the House of Peace & Education in Gardner.

She previously served 11 years as a director of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce. She earned an associate degree from Quinsigamond Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Roger Williams University.

President Daniel Asquino welcomes new MWCC Trustee Tom Clay.

Tom Clay, Chief Executive Officer of Marlborough-based Xtalic Corporation and a resident of Westford, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College.

“Mr. Clay brings to the board extensive experience in advanced manufacturing and a passion for higher education. His expertise and dedication will be an asset to the college and to the greater community we serve,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

Mr. Clay has led several high technology companies, which trace their roots back to inventions at MIT and have added hundreds of jobs in Massachusetts. Xtalic develops high performance metal alloys for a wide range of applications and his previous company, Z Corporation, was a pioneer in 3D printing. Tom was named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40″ and has been active in a wide range of civic causes.

“One of Massachusetts’s great strengths is innovation in technology, and we require a highly trained workforce to thrive. Community colleges have a critical role in training and retraining our workforce to succeed in this exciting and rapidly training environment. I’m very pleased to be selected to help Mount Wachusett Community College build on their great track record of preparing tomorrow’s workforce. As a veteran, I am also excited to support MWCC’s very successful programs supporting our men and women in uniform.”

A former Airborne Ranger, Mr. Clay led reconnaissance teams while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and said he was proud of MWCC’s designation as one of 15 colleges in the country to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success with support from the U.S. Department of Education, and to be part of a college community recognized for its commitment to veterans, members of the military, and military families who are transitioning to college.

Mr. Clay earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Princeton University and an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.