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About HCC

President & Cabinet

HCC President Christina Royal is committed to fulfilling the college’s mission of providing comprehensive, high-quality educational opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the community.

A photo of Christina Royal posing with a group of HCC graduates at Commencement

President Christina Royal, PhD, became Holyoke Community College's fourth president in January 2017 – and our first female, queer person of color to hold the position.

Since then, the college has embarked on bold plans, new initiatives, and innovative policies to continue our legacy of affordable, quality education – notably our new strategic plan and the President's Student Emergency Fund. (Explore these and more below!)

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President Royal holds frequent open office hours, inviting members of the HCC community to meet with her and discuss whatever may be on their minds, and can often be spotted at on-campus events (usually taking selfies with students). She relies on a background in business and innovation to drive HCC

forward. Get to know her here – and be sure to follow along on Twitter, too!

Read messages from President Royal

I don't want HCC to be just a good school. I want us to be an outstanding school, in support of this community and our students."

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– HCC President Christina Royal


Joining President Royal in a formidable leadership team are members of Cabinet, who together are the voice of our community.

Jeffrey Hayden
VP, Business & Community Services

Olivia Kynard
Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Sharale Mathis
VP, Academic & Student Affairs

Narayan Sampath
VP, Administration & Finance

Amanda Sbriscia
VP, Institutional Advancement

Strategic Plan

As stewards of Holyoke Community College, the future is in our hands. Embarking on a strategic plan is an opportunity to think deeply about HCC's role in the community. Through this process we will articulate an aspirational vision for HCC and chart the way forward, further, toward the future we will create for HCC.

President's Student Emergency Fund

The President’s Student Emergency Fund was created by the HCC Foundation, with President Christina Royal and through the generosity of alumni and friends, in order to assist students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education.

Interview with the President

Friday, March 31, 2017

A few weeks after she started her new job, President Christina Royal sat down to talk about her life growing up, her goals for HCC, and the path that led her here.

'Stronger Together'

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

HCC's history of regional collaboration runs deep, according to President Christina Royal, whose viewpoint piece was published Sunday in the Republican's Outlook 2018 section.

Inauguration Address

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Read the full text of President Royal's Inauguration Address

For Transgender Rights

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

HCC president Christina Royal and the 14 other Massachusetts community college presidents have issued an open letter to U.S. Education Sec. Betsy DeVos in support of transgender rights.

Featured Leaders

Thursday, March 7, 2019

HCC president Christina Royal and alumna Beth DeGray '99 are two of the featured presenters at an upcoming Women's Leadership Luncheon series beginning March 22.


What do Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, and Michael Jordan all have in common? A growth mindset. Learn about this important way of seeing the world – and yourself – from President Royal.


President Royal sits down for a candid interview discussing her upbringing and career path, and the future of HCC. 


President Royal does a lot of different jobs every day, but her favorite is serving our community every day. 


For Women's History Month, President Royal chose to honor an alumna and HCC employee who helped shape the history of the school.

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