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UCB Welcomes New Chief Academic Officer

 
On July 15, 2019, Urban College of Boston (UCB) welcomed Clea Andreadis as Chief Academic Officer. During her over 25 years in public higher education, she has developed a deep understanding of the critical role education plays in bringing about economic transformation for individuals, their families, and their communities.
 
“The Urban College community is delighted to welcome Clea Andreadis as our new Chief Academic Officer,” said Michael Taylor, UCB’s President. “Clea’s rich and varied academic background will provide Urban with the leadership skills and navigation experience to create new academic/occupational pathways for our students.”
 
Prior to starting at UCB, Clea worked as the Associate Provost of the Charlestown campus for Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). In that role from 2015-2019, Clea was responsible for providing strategic vision and day-to-day oversight to a variety of academic and student affairs areas employing over 400 faculty and staff. Her work included oversight of BHCC’s student success and retention initiatives, grant planning and implementation, curriculum development and alignment, and K-16 school, employer, and community-based organization partnership development and program implementation.
 
In addition, she oversaw BHCC’s Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth upon its formal establishment in October 2017. The Center was designed to unite the work of three existing  “cultural institutes” focused on academic success, college participation, completion, and closing achievement gaps among the many Latinx, African-American, and Asian-American students served by BHCC. 
 
Prior to her work at BHCC, Clea held a variety of positions at Middlesex Community College (MCC) from 1992 to 2015. As the Associate Provost of Advising, Instruction, and Assessment, she was responsible for many of the college’s educational programs, partnerships, and services with an emphasis on high quality, innovative instruction and transfer and career alignment. Her responsibilities also included coordinating many aspects of the college’s student success agenda, including acting as Project Director for MCC’s Strategies for Success (Title III) grant and overseeing K-16 partnerships, professional development offerings, and career and internship programing. 
 
Before joining the faculty at Middlesex, Clea prosecuted criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County under District Attorney Scott Harshbarger. Her relationships in the law enforcement and legal communities became the cornerstone of her early work with employer partners on behalf of MCC. In 2003, she was selected to oversee the development of a statewide law enforcement certificate curriculum.  This project required the cooperation of over a dozen community colleges and the endorsement of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. Under her leadership, a high quality, career skills aligned, competency based curriculum for future police officers was developed, approved, and implemented within eighteen months. 
 
In 2016, she was asked by Commissioner Santiago to revisit this work by serving on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Ad Hoc Committee on Police Training and Education, which issued recommendations in 2017. Later that year, she was asked to Chair the Department’s Higher Education Police Training and Education Working Group. She presented the findings and recommendations to the Board of Higher Education in 2018.
 
Focused on providing affordable, high-quality education through programs that are rigorous, timely, and relevant, Clea brings an extraordinary skillset to UCB. She looks forward to her work with the entire UCB community. As she recently said, “I am thrilled to begin my new role at UCB and have the opportunity to work with the college’s extraordinary faculty, staff, and students.”
 

UCB Welcomes New President - 2012

 

Leader in Academia, Government, Private Sector to Head Non-traditional College Serving Under-represented Boston-area Students

 

The Board of Trustees of the Urban College of Boston has appointed Michael Taylor, former official in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and past President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, as President of Urban College of Boston (UCB.)

UCB is a unique, non-traditional college broadly recognized for its success in providing educational and professional opportunities for diverse and under-represented individuals in our community.

“Michael Taylor understands how to help prepare under- represented populations for career success, while responding to the needs of employers,” says Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare and chair of the Boston Private Industry Council. “In Boston’s health care industry and other fields, the opportunities are available. We are so fortunate to have someone with Michael’s combination of passion and partnership expertise to help bring them forward.”

Taylor has a decades-long history of leadership in workforce development and education. Appointed Director of the Office of Business Services within the state’s Office of Labor and Workforce Development, he oversaw the services for the 190,000 employers in the Commonwealth.  In that position, he served as co-leader in the development of a $20 million Community College/Workforce System Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Prior to the position at OBS, Michael was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to lead the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).  At DWD, Taylor led a staff of 1,200 to execute an aggressive reaction   to mitigate the global fiscal crisis impact on the workforce system. In response, Taylor and his staff developed strategic initiatives, in partnership with state’s workforce system, to maximize the delivery of critical career services and unemployment benefits to support the Commonwealth’s impacted residents.

Strong leader at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Before his tenure with the Commonwealth, Taylor led the turnaround of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT).  Under Taylor’s Presidency, BFIT’s student enrollment increased by 68 percent and the graduation rate rose by 30 percent.  Taylor developed strategic partnerships at BFIT that broadened and deepened financial support from government, business and foundations. Taylor established the Early Access to College program that served students from16 Boston Public (BPS) high schools in what became the largest dual enrollment program in the Commonwealth. 

“Urban College is very fortunate to have Michael Taylor’s leadership, Michael is just the right person to move us forward with program development and fundraising initiatives that will enable the College to continue its unique and vital role providing non- traditional students with access to higher education,” said Peter L. Ebb, Esq., Chair, Urban College Board of Trustees and a partner, at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. “Michael has a track record of transforming institutions to meet social and labor market needs. He brings to the job experience, understanding, energy and a true passion for our mission that will be critical to our future success and to the success of the students we serve.”

Chau- ming Lee, Executive Director of the Asian American Civic Association, said “Michael Taylor is a leader skilled in building bridges among diverse communities. Given the key role of the Urban College in serving English Languages learners, I look forward to working with him to extend the dream of a college education to an even wider range of people we serve.”

Taylor has also held executive positions in the public, private and non - profit sectors for over 30 years. He was a Senior Vice-President with ACS, an international technology corporation. Under Taylor’s leadership of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the PIC established the second Boston Compact and Pro-Tech, two internationally recognized efforts to create and sustain partnerships with industry and higher education for the benefit of Boston Public School Students.  Pro-Tech became the model for a $250 million dollar national school to work transition initiative established by the Clinton administration. 

Early in his career, Taylor was recognized for his leadership in the development of programs for adults seeking their high school equivalency.  He successfully persuaded the leaders of the Massachusetts State Senate to create the first state funding for adult basic education in the Commonwealth’s history.  He began his professional career with ABCD Boston, as a community organizer in the D Street Public Housing Development.

Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boston State College and a Master of Education from Harvard University.  He taught an undergraduate course in sociology at Boston College for five years, titled The Social Impacts of a Global Economy.  His service to the community has included several board memberships such as the Boston Redevelopment Authority, The Boston Children’s Museum and the New England College of Optometry.  He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Janet and daughter Sara Ping.

Taylor said he feels privileged to have this opportunity to provide leadership for Urban College. “I am honored to serve as Urban College’s next President,” he said. “I look forward to engaging Boston’s business, community, academic and government leaders in the vital mission of the College.”

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