Press Release

Bill Walczak to Chair Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Massachusetts Director of Boards and Commissions, Ed Palleschi, swore in William J. Walczak as chair of the Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees in a ceremony at the State House on October 22.

Walczak Swearing In CeremonyWalczak is president and CEO of the South End Community Health Center. He is president and co-founder of Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, the first public school located within a community health center. He sits on a number of boards including the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, a statewide organization he co-founded to represent the interests of nonprofit organizations.

From 1980 to 2011, Walczak was CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, which he co-founded in 1974. As CEO, he built the Center into an institution providing medical, social and community services to more than 21,000 individuals annually. Codman Square Health Center has won national recognition for the quality of its services and for its role in revitalizing the Codman Square community. 

Walczak was the founding president and served as board member of the Boston HealthNet Corporation, a network of 12 community health centers, Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical School. He has also served as president of the Steward Carney Hospital and vice president of external relations of Shawmut Design and Construction Company.

His leadership, innovations and community service have earned Walczak numerous awards, including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Leadership and Community Service from the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Edward M. Kennedy Founders’ Award from the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Health Care from the Boston Business Journal, and a Public Health Award for Outstanding Service to the Community from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was named Health Center Director of the Year by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. The Boston Globe named Walczak one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Massachusetts Business.

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About Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.