Terrence A. Gomes, president of Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts for the past nine years, has agreed to step down. The president of the two-year, predominantly Black college has been under fire for alleged underreporting of crime on campus and for major delays in the distribution of financial aid to students.
In a letter to the college community,” President Gomes wrote, “After days of deliberation and careful consideration, I have decided that it is in the best interest of Roxbury Community College, my professional career, and my family to retire. My retirement comes at a time when the College is well positioned to move forward in its quest for greatness. There is still so much that needs to be accomplished. My sincere hope is that those accomplishments will be realized in the next few years. It is what our students and this community deserve.”
President Gomes was promoted from vice president for academic affairs to president of the community college in 2003. Previously, he was dean at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Dr. Gomes is a graduate of Lincoln University. He earned a master’s degree from Rhode Island College and an educational doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.