Heritage University President Dr. John Bassett will have a Worcester, Massachusetts society named after him, in honor of his efforts to improve education in that community. The Worcester Education Collaborative is establishing “The John Bassett Society,” which recognizes individuals who have made a generous financial contribution to WEC.
The story of the WEC began when Dr. Bassett was the President of Clark University. While at Clark, Bassett had vision of an organization that united business, higher education, parents and community groups which strived to provide educational excellence for children, and which would work toward that by coordinating and driving action. That vision came true five years later with the formation of the Worcester Education Collaborative. The WEC has become a trusted advocate and critic when necessary in order to demand educational excellence for students in Worcester.
Now, the WEC wants to honor its most generous supporters by creating “The John Bassett Society.” People who belong to this select group are individuals who have donated $500 or more to the WEC. Jennifer Davis Carey, founding executive director of the WEC says “John is regarded as a visionary leader in education, and his work to create this organization—bringing together the higher education, business, civic, and grassroots community sectors of the city of Worcester to advance education for our children—bears witness to that.”
Dr. Bassett was touched to hear the news, but quick to include others when talking about the formation and success of the WEC. “While overwhelmed by this honor, I must say that the Worcester Education Collaborative was the brainchild of at least a half dozen energetic Worcesterites, each of whom should be singled out for this recognition,” says Dr. Bassett. “On some days I may have been the most obnoxious instigator and nudge to round up the troops, but believe me this was a complete team effort. We also owe much to the generous supporters who believe that a strong parent/employer/civic coalition is crucial to successful public education. And without the leadership of Jen Carey the past five or six years we would not be in any position to celebrate WEC in 2015.”
The WEC will hold a luncheon for Dr. Bassett on October 14, 2015 in Worcester. In addition to naming the Society after him, the WEC will also present him with their “Apple of a Different Color” award. This award is presented occasionally to those who have consistently offered visionary and innovative ideas in education, and brought to bear the leadership to bring those ideas to fruition.
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