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Susan Mailman named QCC Board of Trustees Chairman

Susan Mailman

Contact: Josh Martin
Office of Institutional Communications
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Quinsigamond Community College is pleased to announce Susan Mailman’s appointment as chair of the QCC Board of Trustees.

Ms. Mailman, CEO of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc., has been a member of the QCC Foundation Board of Directors since 2012.

Governor Charlie Baker appointed new members of the boards of trustees for public colleges and universities and designated chairs at several of the Commonwealth’s Community Colleges.  

“I am pleased to welcome this group of impressive new trustees to our institutions of higher education and am grateful to the trustees who are willing to continue to serve with distinction in leadership positions,” said Gov. Baker. “They are all proven leaders in their communities and our community colleges and universities will be well-served by their deep commitment to our Commonwealth and their depth of experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors.”

“The Governor, the Lt. Governor and Secretary of Education Jim Peyser have clearly made an outstanding choice in selecting Sue Mailman to Chair the Board of Trustees at Quinsigamond,” said QCC President Gail Carberry, Ed.D. “She is a known leader in this community, stepping up on boards promoting not only higher education, but also business, vocational education, apprenticeship and economic development throughout Worcester.”

“As CEO of Coghlin Electrical contractors, Sue has a firm understanding of how to balance budgets, while promoting growth and positive innovation. As a member of the QCC Foundation, Sue has been chairman of QCC’s 50th Anniversary capital campaign, which is setting record levels of community support,” Dr. Carberry said. “Before completing her undergraduate degree, Sue enrolled at QCC and appreciates the value the college brings to our community. I am thrilled to be working further with her in our community.”

“These leaders will be able to hit the ground running and add value on day one,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “They understand the importance of ensuring that nearly 300,000 students on 29 campuses each year have the best possible opportunities for success.” 

“I’m honored and excited to chair the board at QCC, I thank the Governor, Lt Gov and Sec. Peyser for the opportunity,” said Ms. Mailman. “Having chaired the Capital Campaign as a member of the Foundation Board, I’ve learned more and continue to be impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of those working at the school as they truly understand the value they are bringing to the larger community. Dr. Carberry is a leader in Central Massachusetts — she is thoughtful and forward thinking and has accomplished great things.”

“To follow Stacey DeBoise Luster means I’ve got to step up my game, but I’m willing and definitely honored to work with such an important board. I started going back to school nights at QCC many years ago — it is funny how life comes full circle,” Ms. Mailman said. 

“I look forward to working with all trustees as we tackle the challenges that face our education system,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “Together we will be able to ensure that our students continue to receive a top-notch education and meet the workforce needs of the future. I also thank all of the outgoing trustees who have served on our public higher education boards. Their contributions have been invaluable.”

Ms. Mailman is the Owner and President of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Coghlin Network Services, Inc. in Worcester. The companies provide electrical contracting and networking services primarily in New England. She received her MBA from Northeastern University. 

She is active as a business leader, involved in contracting associations and apprenticeship committees. She also is active in the community, serving on many boards including the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Worcester Business Development Corporation. She previously served as president on the board of the YWCA and the United Way, both of Central Massachusetts.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.