James Mabry ’81, ’98GSAS Named President of Middlesex Community College

James Mabry ’81, ’98GSAS Named President of Middlesex Community College

Dr. James Mabry

In October, Dr. James Mabry was inaugurated as the fourth president of Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts. Mabry graduated from GS in 1981, after which he went on to the London School of Economics for a Master’s of Science and then returned to Columbia for a PhD in U.S. History. The position Mabry held prior to his presidency at Middlesex was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. 

Mabry’s path to GS began as a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force in Germany, after which he received an associate degree from the University of Maryland in the six years between high school and matriculating at GS. He believes that his experience studying at GS was the first step of what later became his mission to provide opportunities for students in higher education. 
 
“GS changed my life and put me on the path to where I am today,” Mabry said. 
 
Mabry expressed his goals in an interview with The Bedford Citizen in December: “I want all community college students to have an opportunity to learn and to succeed.” Mabry has spent most of his career in community colleges, first as a teacher. He said that he “wants higher education to be accessible and to create learning environments that are welcoming and promote success.” 
 
“I am looking forward to a great new challenge knowing I am stepping in to lead a strong organization with many great people,” Mabry said.