Maine Law alum to lead Washington County Community College
July 17, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Joseph Cassidy, a well known lawyer, educator and public figure in Calais, Maine, has been hired as president of Washington County Community College. He started the job on July 1.
An alumnus of the University of Maine School of Law, Cassidy has served as mayor, city councilor and on the planning board in Calais, where WCCC is located. Cassidy also has worked as prosecutor for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, and as an elementary and secondary school teacher. He has taught education at Washington County Community College in Calais since 2004. He also teaches a class in special education law at the University of Maine at Machias.
Joe’s uncle, Bill Cassidy, served as president of Washington County Community College from 2003 to 2009, and then as interim president during the past school year. Joe Cassidy earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern Maine, before earning his JD at Maine Law in 2000.
Situated on a 400-acre campus that overlooks the St. Croix River Valley and neighboring Canada, Washington County Community College has an enrollment of about 500 students and offers 24 programs of study. Students are encouraged to enroll in programs considered non-traditional for their gender.
John Fitzsimmons, president of the Maine Community College System, nominated Cassidy for the top job at Washington County Community College. “Joe Cassidy brings a terrific mix of experience, leadership and commitment to both our students and to the Washington County community,” Fitzimmons said in a release. “He has proven himself in the classroom and in his civic leadership. He is the right person at the right time to lead the college.”