One of fifteen community colleges under the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education,North Shore Community College operates independently with all programs, services, and resources managed through one administrative organization. The College is organized into four major components, each led by a Vice President with all four Vice Presidents reporting to the President of the College. The four components are: Administration and Finance; Academic Affairs; Student Affairs; and Human Resource Development. The Vice Presidents and the Executive Director of External and Public Relations constitute the President's Cabinet and work as a leadership team within an environment of collaborative decision-making and a culture of inclusion and assessment.
Nate Bryant, Ed.D.,
Nate Bryant, Ed.D., became North Shore Community College’s Interim President on July 5, 2020. He replaces Dr. Patricia A. Gentile who served as NSCC’s fourth president for seven years.
Dr. Bryant brings 30 years of leadership at Salem State University, his alma mater of 1987 & 1993. His career there advanced from positions of assistant dean of the Center for Academic Excellence, assistant dean of students for the office of student life, and director of undergraduate admissions. Prior to becoming NSCC’s interim president, Dr. Bryant served as the vice president and chief of staff to the president at Salem State. As vice president and chief of staff, Dr. Bryant was responsible for the oversight of the president’s office including the day-to-day activities of the President's Office, coordinating the work of the president’s senior leadership team, and coordinating the University’s strategic planning efforts. Additionally, Dr. Bryant oversaw the areas of athletics, enrollment management, marketing and communications, public relations, center for civic engagement, external affairs, and grants.
Dr. Bryant holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in education from SSU. He holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston in 2016. He attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management, an institute focused on leadership for senior level administrators in higher education.
A resident of Salem, Dr. Bryant has served his community in various capacities, including a former role on the Salem School Committee for 8 years. He currently sits on the boards of North Shore Medical Center, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem and is on the Executive Committee of The Salem Partnership. He is also a Corporator of Marblehead Bank and a volunteer at Haven from Hunger Food Pantry.
Dr. Bryant recently had a chapter published in Accessibility and Diversity in the 21st Century University. The chapter, entitled; “A Dream Realized: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College”, aligns with Dr. Bryant’s field of research, which examines and identifies programs and services that positively impact retention for low-income and first-generation students.
Administration & Finance
Janice Forsstrom joined North Shore Community College in 1975 and has held progressive positions in the administration for 45 years. She was appointed to the current position of Vice President for Administration and Finance/CFO in 2000, and previously held College positions of Grants Officer, Comptroller, and Dean of Finance, as well as experience overseeing Human Resources, Institutional Research/Strategic Planning, and Student Financial Services. In her current role, Jan leads the areas of Finance and Budget, Campus Capital Planning and Facilities/Public Safety, and Information Systems/Administrative Technology. She is responsible for the development of the institution’s annual budget and financial plan, including allocation of fiscal resources, for overall fiscal and compliance accountability, and the progress of the Facilities Master Plan and College Technology Plan. She has served her community as a volunteer Board Director on the North Shore Technical Council. Ms. Forsstrom has participated on numerous NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education) accreditation visitation teams, and contributed to finance and technology articles and presentations. She holds an undergraduate degree from Regis College and an M.A. from Boston University.
Stephen J. Creamer, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, began working at North Shore Community College in January of 2008. During his time at NSCC, Stephen has held several roles including: Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Operations, Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Services and Compliance, Dean of Students and Dean of Student Financial Services. He has worked in higher education for over 30 years, successfully building and leading teams at two local colleges in Boston prior to joining NSCC. Stephen is a responsive and high energy leader who thrives on working with his teams to improve our student’s experiences. He is a collaborative and strategic leader who is energized by the impact that education has on transforming individuals and communities. Stephen received his Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Human Resources, from Suffolk University and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Saint Michael’s College, in Winooski Park, VT.
Dr. Karen Hynick has served as NSCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs since 2014. During her tenure, she has led the college’s development of its Master Academic Plan, Two Year Schedule Process, Guided Pathways Implementation, Early College with Lynn Public Schools, advanced the College's role as the statewide consortium lead for prior learning assessment and redesigned the academic program review process. Prior to coming to her role at NSCC, she served as the Chancellor's Fellow at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in St. Paul assisting in “Charting the Future”, a system wide strategic framework similar to the “Massachusetts Vision Project”. She also simultaneously served as the System Director for P-20 for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reforming developmental education and expanding early college programs throughout Minnesota. Dr. Hynick also spent six years as Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Support at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Dr. Hynick is a native of Massachusetts and earned her Bachelor of Arts at UMASS Amherst, her Masters of Education at Worcester State University and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. Dr. Hynick serves on the board of the Lynn Community Health Center.
Human Resource Development
Madeline Wallis started at NSCC in 2001 as the Director of Human Resources and was promoted to the position of Vice President of Human Resources in 2007. As Vice President of Human Resources, she leads the College’s HR function to ensure alignment of human resources strategies with the College’s strategic objectives providing leadership in the areas of recruitment, compensation, employee relations, payroll, benefits, employee development and diversity initiaves. She has implemented college wide initiatives including a Leadership Development Program for the purpose of preparing managers for future leadership positions at the College. She currently serves as Chair of the Leading for Change Racial Equity and Justice Institute campus team. Prior to joining the college Ms. Wallis worked at the Boston Globe for 17 years serving as Director of Human Resources responsible for HR operations which supported 3,000 employees in a milti-union work environment. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State College.
Executive Director of External and Public Relations
Linda Brantley is NSCC’s Executive Director of External and Public Relations. She is a member of the President's Cabinet, serves as the official spokesman for the College, is public relations and communications advisor to the President, and serves as the college’s official Public Records Officer. Linda is responsible for strategic college communications and public relations strategies that support the College's internal and external initiatives. In conjunction with the President, Linda oversees the college’s government relations and coordinates activities and builds relationships with local, state and federal elected and appointed government officials. She leads the college’s social media and has been an active participant on many college-wide events and initiatives. Linda also oversees Alumni strategies and initiatives and supports the NSCC Alumni Association. Prior to NSCC, Linda spent 12 years in administration at Northern Essex Community College and was also the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, an independent state agency, for six years. Linda has a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Management from Syracuse University.