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QCC's President Named One of the 50 Most Influential in the Region

May, 2020
  • Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja, Governor Charlie Baker
    Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja, Governor Charlie Baker

For the second year in a row, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja has been named to Worcester Business Journal’s Power 50 list. Each year the publication honors 50 individuals who have made a significant impact on Central Massachusetts. These are the movers and shakers in our community, and the ones who are playing an oversized role and leading our region.

President Pedraja, who took the helm of QCC in July 2017, has made an indelible impression on not only the College community, but also the region. Since the start of the pandemic he has lead the charge in finding ways to safely continue his mission of 100 percent student success for all at QCC. Not only has he taken a visible and proactive role in the community by instituting ways in which the College can help by donating large amounts of PPE to hospitals in need, but also by offering free courses to local businesses and healthcare professionals to help them navigate this new, restructured world. 

“As a community college we represent the very essence of community. It is vital that we all do our part during these unprecedented times,” President Pedraja said.

Being a part of the Worcester community is something that has seemed ingrained in President Pedraja. He hit the ground running when he came to the Worcester region and today is on multiple boards and commissions on both the state and local levels. He serves on the United Ways of Central Massachusetts Board; the Worcester Regional Research Bureau Board; the Latino Education Institute Board; the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board; is the co-chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Education and Advancement, as well as the Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council.

While not a native of Worcester, President Pedraja has become a valued and trusted figure in the City and beyond. He is a tireless advocate for those less fortunate and a champion of the under-privileged and underserved. Visit WBJ Power 50 List to read more about President Pedraja.