Christina Royal

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Christina Royal, Ph.D., became Holyoke Community College's fourth president and the first female and person of color to hold the position.

HCC is the first two-year college in the commonwealth and is widely recognized as a leader in high-quality affordable pathways to transfer or immediate entry into the workforce and it serves a diverse community with nearly 100 degree and certificate programs and on-line blended, evening, and Saturday classes.

Christina arrived on campus with a mindset to do what was needed to address the many needs of students and help enable them to not only grasp the opportunity for a two-year college education but to open many other doors as well. As a first-generation, low-income, biracial college student herself, she understands the challenges many of HCC’s students face — from food insecurity to lack of adequate housing and transportation. Christina commits many of her waking hours thinking about how to help her students overcome such barriers and achieve success, however that might be defined.

Christina Royal, Ph.D., became Holyoke Community College's fourth president and the first female and person of color to hold the position.

HCC is the first two-year college in the commonwealth and is widely recognized as a leader in high-quality affordable pathways to transfer or immediate entry into the workforce and it serves a diverse community with nearly 100 degree and certificate programs and on-line blended, evening, and Saturday classes.

Christina arrived on campus with a mindset to do what was needed to address the many needs of students and help enable them to not only grasp the opportunity for a two-year college education but to open many other doors as well. As a first-generation, low-income, biracial college student herself, she understands the challenges many of HCC’s students face — from food insecurity to lack of adequate housing and transportation. Christina commits many of her waking hours thinking about how to help her students overcome such barriers and achieve success, however that might be defined.

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