Saint Joseph's College of Maine is a private, liberal arts college led by a board of trustees, a president, and a leadership team.
President Joseph Cassidy, J.D.
Joseph L. Cassidy, JD is the 15th President of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. He has been involved in education for over 30 years, serving students as a grade school teacher, high school teacher, college professor, and for the last 10 years as a college President in the Maine Community College System. He joined Saint Joseph’s in 2023 following six successful years as President of SMCC, Maine’s largest community college with over 6,200 students. He was previously president of Washington County Community College (WCCC) for five years.
While at SMCC, Cassidy implemented a strategic planning process that engaged all facets of the community - faculty, administration, staff, and students - and led to whole college reform. His “pathways” approach has led to new procedures and advising structures throughout the college, all designed to remove barriers to student success. He also expanded opportunities for success beyond SMCC with the creation of new and more robust articulation agreements with colleges throughout Maine and New England.
In addition to serving as president at SMCC and WCCC, Cassidy simultaneously served as interim president at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor for the 2015-16 academic year. Cassidy began his career at WCCC as a faculty member. He once served as president of the WCCC Faculty Association and as mayor of the City of Calais.