Dr. Daniel M. Asquino has started his new role as the interim president at Quincy College.
Asquino was appointed to the temporary position by the Quincy College Board of Governors on Oct. 23. The Board of Governors, which has been working with a search committee to find a permanent president, selected Asquino, a veteran state community college administrator and educator while a permanent president is sought.
“Familiar with the nuances of higher education, Dr. Asquino will surely be an asset to Quincy College as it navigates the transition of leadership and administration, culminating in the appointment of a president,” Paul Barbadoro, chairman of the Board of Governors, said in a statement.
“We are grateful to Dr. Asquino for his leadership as an established educator and administrator who has spent most of his career working in the Massachusetts public college system.”
Asquino has a legacy of community college leadership, having served as president at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner for 30 years. Under his leadership, Mount Wachusett grew exponentially in size, stature and academic services.
In his role at Quincy College, Asquino will lead the Quincy and Plymouth campuses, which serve students from the greater Boston area, across the South Shore and more than 121 countries.
“It is my pleasure to serve as interim president of Quincy College,” Asquino said in a statement. “I am fully committed to the mission of a small college and public higher education. I look forward to lending my administrative skills and academic talents to lead Quincy College in an interim capacity.
“My mission is to support the college, its students, staff, and faculty during this transitional period as the college works to appoint new leadership that will set the course for the college’s future. Together, we will continue to move the college forward and build on all the hard work that the Quincy College community has embarked upon in recent months, to build a path to success for our students.”
Asquino began his career in public higher education in 1971 as assistant to the president of the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges. He has also served in numerous administrative positions for the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges.
In addition, he serves as an officer and past chair of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts Board of Directors, officer and past chair of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster and past chair of Greater Gardner and North Central Massachusetts Chambers of Commerce. He is a member and past chair of the Board of Trustees for Heywood Hospital, and the GFA Supervisory Board.
Asquino is the recipient of many community and national awards, including the Community Leader Award from the UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital Foundation; the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Nashua Valley Council Boy Scouts of America; the Dr. Robert H. Goldman Community Service Award; the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and Community Service Awards; the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Award; the Governor’s Pride in Performance Award; Enterprise Bank’s Celebration of Excellence Community Service Award; and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Pacesetter Award.
Asquino holds a Ph.D. and M.P.A. in public administration and political science and a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Southeastern Massachusetts University, now UMass Dartmouth. He has taught public administration at the high school and college levels, including at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.
Asquino replaces Michael Bellotti as the interim president of Quincy College. The board in October announced Bellotti, the former Norfolk County sheriff, would be leaving the school to become the president of ARK Behavioral Health Centers, which operates the Northeast Treatment Center in Quincy, by the end of the current semester.