Press Release

Bunker Hill Community College Administrator Receives Governor's Award

Monday, May 14, 2012

Margaret Bovill-Hawkins, Director of the Student Success Program at BHCC, has been chosen as a 2012 recipient of the Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service. The annual award recognizes ten State employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service. Criteria for selection include exceptional accomplishments, leadership, creativity and innovation.

Bovill-Hawkins has taken a strong leadership role as BHCC team leader of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), a non-profit leadership training organization that works to eliminate prejudice and conflict in communities throughout the world. Bovill-Hawkins received her initial leadership training in 2009. In the past year she has taken on increased responsibilities, led additional diversity workshops, and served as senior trainer for more recently trained leaders.

"My goal is to work with faculty and staff to embrace diversity," said Bovill-Hawkins. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Six in ten students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls more than 780 international students who come from more than 90 countries and speak 75 different languages.

One of the College's goals is to "demonstrate strength through diversity." This goal includes expanding academic and campus activities that promote cultural competencies and strengthening intercultural competency among faculty, staff and students.

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).