MCC Dean Honored for Leadership Initiatives in Inclusion and Accessibility

Manchester, Conn., - (April 24, 2008)… Thomas N. Bavier, dean of administrative affairs at Manchester Community College, was recently named recipient of the first Dr. Jonathan M. Daube Award for Inclusion and Accessibility, presented by the MCC Institute on Disability and Community Inclusion. The award ceremony was part of the Rosemary and Gunnar Dybwad 2008 seminar held in April.
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Pictured from left to right:
Thomas N. Bavier, award recipient and
dean of administrative affairs at MCC;
Beverly Jackson, member of the MCC Institute on Disability
and Community Inclusion; Dr. Jonathan M. Daube,
president of MCC; Dr. George G. Ducharme, director of the
MCC Institute on Disability and Community Inclusion.

The Dr. Jonathan M. Daube Award for Inclusion and Accessibility was established to honor an outstanding member of the Manchester Community College community that continues the legacy of inclusion and accessibility, demonstrated by Dr. Jonathan M. Daube during his years of leadership as president of MCC.

Bavier of West Hartford was honored for his consistent leadership in building a fully accessible campus by listening to, and respecting the different perspectives of, all people, especially people with disabilities. “Making the campus accessible, and eliminating barriers for all who come to MCC, had been a high priority for me and for the College,” stated Bavier.

Bavier joined MCC in 1973 and held several positions at the College, including counselor, director of contracts and grants, assistant to the president, and associate dean of administrative affairs. In 1984, Bavier was promoted to dean of administrative affairs and is responsible for the College’s budget and finance, facilities development, campus police, building and grounds, and human resources functions.

Bavier holds a master of science degree in higher education counseling from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the College of the Holy Cross.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.
News Item Posted On: April 24, 2008
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