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After nearly a year and a half of searching for its next president, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has selected a career educator with ties to western Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has narrowed its presidential search down to five candidates. It’s the college’s second search in less than a year after its previous pick withdrew due to family health concerns in March.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is making a leadership change amid its second presidential search in less than a year.

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A Williamstown man has been sentenced to three years probation for illegally carrying a gun on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus last year.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has selected its next athletic director.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that president-elect Greg Summers has withdrawn his acceptance of the position. MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Tyler Fairbank says Summers is not able to relocate because of recent family health issues. Summers is currently provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Cynthia Brown has agreed to continue serving as interim president while the board of trustees evaluates its options moving forward, according to a press release from the college.

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The state’s board of higher education approved Greg Summers as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Tuesday. He replaces Mary Grant, who left the North Adams college to become chancellor at University of North Carolina at Asheville in January.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams will have a new president this summer.

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees has selected the person it believes should replace former President Mary Grant.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has chosen three finalists for its presidency, one of whom will likely succeed Mary Grant, now chancellor of University of North Carolina at Asheville.  The task now is to dwindle it down to one.

With the help of Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Pittsfield Public Schools have created a program aimed at recruiting more students to make teaching a career.

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The Williamstown man accused of carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus has been arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court.

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On Monday, Mary Grant is set to become the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, leaving Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts after 12 years as president. And, the college is in the midst of a search to fill her shoes.

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A holiday concert Saturday at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts features a favorite duo that’s performed on campus in recent years.

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A student arrested for creating a disturbance at Pittsfield’s Taconic High School Thursday morning was found with a weapon.

  Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof is often called the "reporter's reporter" for his human rights advocacy and his efforts to give a voice to the voiceless. He will give the 2014 MCLA Hardman Lecture on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm in the MCLA Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.

  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant is reflecting on her time at the college as she enters her final semester. Last month, Grant was announced as the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

She is the 11th person to hold the office, Grant was the first alumna, getting an undergraduate sociology degree from the then-North Adams State College.

Grant will finish out the fall semester at MCLA before assuming the chancellery position at UNC Asheville January 5th, replacing Anne Ponder, who is retiring after nine years at the helm. Grant didn’t apply for the job, but instead was nominated by fellow college leaders from around the country.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant was recently announced as the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She will finish out the fall semester in North Adams before taking over at Asheville in January.

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An agreement between Williams College and a local ambulance service announced Tuesday is the latest in a changing regional healthcare landscape marked by the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant is reflecting on her time at the college as she enters her final semester. Last week, Grant was announced as the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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Berkshire Medical Center will open a satellite emergency facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital at noon Monday. NARH has been closed since March 28th.

The center will treat critical and noncritical emergent needs and offer diagnostic imaging, CT scanning, X-Ray and some lab testing —   but no inpatient or surgical services will be provided.

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U.S. Congressman Richard Neal was on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Friday. As he often does during district visits, the Democrat taught a government class, spoke to students interested in travel and toured the college’s science center, which opened last fall.

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Conservationist and television host Jeff Corwin spoke to a packed audience at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Wednesday night.

Best known for his crazy and daring antics in the wild, Jeff Corwin gave his audience at MCLA an inside look at what inspired him to work with animals and the environment. Corwin recalled the day he became a naturalist. He was a kid rolling over a log when he found a snake that bit him on the arm. Ben Lamb is a 2007 MCLA graduate who majored in biology and environmental studies.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a cabinet meeting and made stops in the western part of the state today.

Tim Bizony is a letter press operator and one of the workers Governor Patrick spoke with at the Crane & Company Stationary site in North Adams.

“He was genuinely interested in what I do,” Bizony said. “He was fascinated by the machine. He asked a lot of questions and I was glad I was able to answer them for him.”

      The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is boasting a brand new science center, the MCLA Center for Science and Innovation, on its campus in North Adams. The four-story, 65,000 square foot building cost more than $30 million, taking just about a year to build. The center will be the home of the chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, and environmental studies departments.

A grand opening celebration will take place early next month. In the meantime, we celebrate today with the woman behind this project for the last several years - Mary Grant, the 11th president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the first alumna of the College to serve as its president.

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With college students across the country back on campus, those at a western Massachusetts school are heading into brand new classrooms.

Sciences the Focus for Upcoming 3rd Thursday

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Pittsfield’s upcoming 3rd Thursday will showcase the best of Berkshire County’s science and technology initiatives.

“There’s going to be robots, rockets, rocket launchers, an air cannon, and one of my personal favorites, the Mentos and soda-pop experiment," said the city’s Cultural Development Director Megan Whilden.

Downstreet Art kicked of their 6th season last night with a celebration in downtown North Adams, MA.

Presented by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, DownStreet Art provides North Adams with a summer of creative events. The public arts festival will run through Oct. 31.

This summer’s events, which are free and open to the public, will include gallery openings, a dance party on Main Street, a wandering light show, a community reading of Frederick Douglas’s famous Fourth of July address, new murals in the downtown, and musical performances.

We are joined by Leslie Ferrin, Director Ferrin Contemporary and on the DownStreet Art Curatorial Committee; Melanie Mowinski, Artist, Founder Press Gallery, Art Professor MCLA; and Jonathan Secor, Director MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, which runs DownStreet Art.

Students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts were evacuated briefly Thursday evening following reports of a bomb threat made against the campus.

Campus officials sent an email message around 5 p.m. asking students to evacuate campus immediately and proceed to the North Adams Armory on nearby Ashland Street. 

    Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University and she will be speaking at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Thursday night at 7PM.

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