Charles F. Desmond, Ed.D. 1992, a longtime educator and chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree at the 115th Commencement at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where he gave an “empowering” Commencement address.
According to an article in the Berkshire Eagle, Desmond spoke about “ lessons he learned from his own difficult journey to where he is today, growing up with a single father who suffered from alcohol addiction.” He also told the students that they should “cherish their liberal arts education.”
Desmond was appointed chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in 2008 by Governor Deval Patrick. He served from 2002 to 2009 as Executive Vice President of the Trefler Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities and success for Boston's urban youth.
Prior to working at Trefler, Desmond worked for 30 years at the University of Massachusetts Boston in several capacities including associate chancellor for school/community collaboration.