Friday October 19, 2012

BOSTON - On Friday, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Darlene Rodowicz as the chair of the Board of Trustees at Berkshire Community College.

Rodowicz serves as the current board chairwoman at BCC but today's announcement is an affirmation of her appointment under the governor's new authority to appoint the board chairs at each of the commonwealth's 15 community colleges.

This is part of the governor's community college plan, supported by the legislature and included in the fiscal 2013 budget.

The plan also gives community colleges additional capacity to expand their efforts to provide students with high-quality, relevant educational and training programs designed better meet both local and statewide employer needs.

"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 Patrick in a written statement released Friday.

"I want to thank Ms. Rodowicz 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."

Rodowicz is the chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Berkshire Health Systems where she is responsible for developing the organization's annual operating and capital budgets, oversees business development including new programs and services and has created a 10-year master facility plan for BHS, among other responsibilities.

Prior to joining Berkshire Health Systems, Rodowicz worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts as a Medicare auditor. Rodowicz earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA from Western New England College. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Berkshire Community College for more than three years.

BCC President Ellen Kennedy said Rodowicz "brings a wealth of experience in non-profit management, finance, workforce development and leadership" to the board of trustees.

"These are exciting times for community colleges," Rodowicz, said. "I am honored that the governor has named me chair of the Board of Trustees at Berkshire Community College. We will continue to meet the needs of the residents and the employers of Berkshire County and the commonwealth."

Berkshire Community College was recently awarded $88,000 to accelerate college readiness and developmental math pathways; and enhance student advising and civic engagement programming. Earlier this month, BCC was also awarded $21.1 million in capital funding for the renovation, including exterior masonry repairs, of the Hawthorne and Melville halls on its Pittsfield campus.