Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger has been named President of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) following a six-month search. President of Moorpark College in California since 2008, Eddinger is a former vice president of MassBay Community College in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.
Eddinger assumes the presidency on July 1, 2013, as Mary L. Fifield retires after more than 16 years at the helm of BHCC. Eddinger received the unanimous recommendation of the BHCC Board of Trustees on April 22 and then received unanimous approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on April 30.
In accepting the vote of the Board of Higher Education, Eddinger said, “I thank Bunker Hill Community College, the BHCC Board of Trustees, Commissioner Freeland and the Board of Higher Education for their confidence. I am looking forward to serving with the Bunker Hill Community College faculty and staff. We will add to the firm foundation built by Dr. Fifield to create an oasis of higher education for our students.”
Chair of the BHCC Board of Trustees Marita Rivero said, “We found in Dr. Eddinger someone who met all of our requirements for experience, commitment and values—and who understands the kind of infrastructure Mary Fifield has built here. You don’t go forward unless you are standing on something strong.”
“I’m excited that Dr. Pam Eddinger is coming back to Massachusetts to assume the leadership of Bunker Hill Community College,” said Richard M. Freeland, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education. “Dr. Eddinger has compiled a distinguished record of academic leadership both here in the Commonwealth and more recently in California.”
Eddinger immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong at the age of 11 and grew up in Miami, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College in New York City, and earned both her master’s degree and doctorate in Modern Japanese Literature at Columbia University.