Thank you NSCC students and community for a warm welcoming!

You can watch the recorded event video above.

NSCC's inauguration of Dr. William Heineman as the College's fifth president celebrates our students, faculty and staff for their personal drive, commitment and vision for a better future. Together, we can make our future one of promise, empowerment and vitality — both for the College and our students.


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Of all the community colleges I could have joined, this one represented the most compelling opportunity. NSCC has a long history of success for its students and the communities it serves, and is uniquely positioned to take that work to the next level.

Dr. William Heineman

The fifth President of North Shore Community College


Meet NSCC's new President, Dr. William Heineman!

President Heineman in front of large NSCC seal.

Dr. William A. Heineman began his leadership at North Shore Community College as its fifth President on July 6, 2021.  He previously held the position of Provost at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill/Lawrence, Massachusetts. He has worked in the Massachusetts Community College system for 25 years as faculty (both DCE and Day), administrator, and held executive leadership positions of Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Vice President of Academic Affairs. His work has always focused on improving the experience of students and innovation in education.  He has notable accomplishments in academic program development, competency-based education, online learning, open educational resources, community partnerships, designing holistic approaches to student success, and managing people and resources.  

Dr. Heineman has played a leadership role and participated in an array of educational and community organizations.  He served as a board member of both the National Council of Instructional Administrators and the Teaching Academic Survival and Success Conference.  He serves as an accreditation site visitor for the New England Commission of Higher Education and chaired the Massachusetts Community College Chief Academic Officers council.  

Dr. Heineman earned his EdD from the University of Massachusetts Boston where his dissertation research focused on the use of data in decision making about online distance education in community colleges.  He holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA in History from the University of Rochester. He participated in the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leadership, the American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute, and the Massachusetts Community College Leadership Academy. 

Presidents of North Shore Community College

Portrait of Heineman looking to rightPresident William Heineman, Ed.D.
2021 – Present


Portrait of Bryant loooking to leftInterim President Emeritus Nate Bryant, Ed.D.


Portrait of Gentile looking to rightPresident Emerita Patricia A. Gentile, Ed.D.
2014 – 2020


Portrait of Forrstrom smiling and looking into cameraInterim President Emerita Janice Forsstrom
2013 – 2014


Portrait of burton looking to the rightPresident Emeritus Wayne M. Burton, Ed.D.
2000 – 2013


Black and white portrait of Reeves with glassesInterim President Emeritus J. Laurence Reeves
1999 – 2000


Portrait of smiling TraicoffPresident Emeritus George Traicoff
1973 – 1999


Black and white portrait of Shively smilingPresident Emeritus Harold E. Shively
1964 – 1972 


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