About HCC

President & Cabinet

George Timmons, Ph.D., joins Holyoke Community College as its fifth president, bringing to the college a wealth of experience from a distinguished career in higher education as well as a passion for—and commitment to—student success.

George Timmons, Ph.D., 2023 to PresentGeorge Timmons, Ph.D., joins Holyoke Community College as its fifth president, bringing to the college a wealth of experience from a distinguished career in higher education as well as a passion for-and commitment to-student success.

Most recently serving as the provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y., President Timmons previously served as dean for the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.

With strong family roots in the greater Springfield/Hartford region, President Timmons has equated his arrival at Holyoke Community College to a homecoming.  As a first-generation college graduate, he has experienced first-hand the challenges many Holyoke Community College students face.

He believes that providing the support necessary to help students overcome the barriers to their success is critical in ensuring equity in access to a high-quality college education. Through the provision of excellent educational and training opportunities and the removal of obstacles such as lack of transportation, childcare, housing, food security, and more, students can find achievement and become valuable members of a society that needs their intelligence and innovation.

President Timmons embraces the Holyoke Community College core values of Innovation, Collaboration, Kindness, Inclusion, and Trust, and is pleased to lead a community committed to those values.  Under his watch, the college has grown enrollment while successfully implementing MassReconnect and other growth-focused initiatives.

President Timmons brings to the college a commitment to community service. He serves on the Education Sector Working Group of Governor Maura Healey's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Taskforce. His current boardsmanship includes the boards of Holyoke Hospital, MassHire Hampden County Workforce, The Tech Foundry, and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council. 

President Timmons earned a Bachelor of Science in financial management from Norfolk State University, a Master of Science in higher education from Old Dominion University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.

President Timmons is an avid sports fan, particularly of basketball. He and his wife, Frankie, are the proud parents of three adult children.

President's Cabinet

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

Jeffrey Hayden
Vice President of Business and Community Services

Olivia Kynard
Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator;
Interim Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Sharale Mathis, Ed.D
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Michelle Robak
Interim Executive Director of Human Resources

Narayan Sampath
Vice President of Administration & Finance

Amanda Sbriscia, Ed.D
Vice President of Institutional Advancement;
Executive Director of the HCC Foundation

A Legacy of Leadership

George Timmons, Ph.D., 2023 to Present

Christina Royal, Ph.D., 2017-2023

William F. Messner, Ph.D., 2004-2016

David M. Bartley, Ph.D., 1975-2003

George E. Frost, 1964-1975

Charles D. Epstein

Ted Hebert '71 

Yolanda D. Johnson, Ed.D. 

Evan Plotkin 

Nayroby Rosa '10 

Vanessa L. Smith, Esq., Interim Chair 

Ivonne Vidal, Esq. 

Eleanor P. Williams, Esq. 

Barney Garcia, Student Trustee

Jasarah Burgos

Steven Clement '11

Tiffany Cutting Madru

Kate Douglas, Ph.D.

Luindy Espinal '19

Kip Foley

Wendy Fox '16

Dean Gallagher

Joshua A. Garcia

Erin Godfrey

Susan Goldsmith, Chair

Maura Greaney

Ted Hebert '71

Sina Holloman '09

Mary Kaeding '83

Michael Lynch

Alaina Macaulay

Johnnie McKnight '10

Matt McMahon '06

Deana McPherson '90

Corey Murphy

Ryan Rege '08

Israel Rivera '16

Gary Rome

Michael Roundy, Esq.

Amanda Sbriscia, Ed.D.

James Shevlin '80

Lynn Starr '95

Camille Theriaque '12

George Timmons, Ph.D.

Ruth Amador '05

Maureen Babineau '00

Laura L. Brennan '79

Karen Brown '05

Dawn E. Bryden, Ed.D. '89, President

Gloria G. Lomax '75

Patrick McCann '00

Matt McMahon '06

Gertrude E. Monson '97

Kim Monson '01

Lucy F. Perez '87

Thomas Rachele '96

Ryan Rege '08

Paul Rogers '81, '13

Elizabeth Román '03

James M. Sheehan '74

Chloe Soto '17

Jonencia Wood '11

A New Chapter

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Holyoke Community College will mark a new chapter April 19 with the inauguration of George Timmons as its fifth president.

'Collaboration Key'

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024

Read President George Timmons' commentary from Outlook 2024, the Springfield Republican newspaper's special annual edition on the state of the regional economy.

Fall Grads Feted

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023

For the first time in its 77-year history, Holyoke Communiy College celebrated its fall graduates with a special reception.

Trustees' Chair Retires

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023

Robert Gilbert Jr. of West Springfield served with three HCC presidents during his 12-year tenure on the Board of Trustees and the last eight as chair.