Gov. Baker Names Cerasuolo-O’Rorke to NECC Board of Trustees

Sally L. Cerasuolo-O’Rorke, second from right, has been named a trustee of Northern Essex Community College.

A figure associated with the downtown Harbor Place project, Sally L. Cerasuolo-O’Rorke, has been appointed to the Northern Essex Community College board of trustees.

Gov. Charlie Baker named Cerasuolo-O’Rorke a trustee Tuesday. He also made a number of other appointments to various state college boards.

“I am pleased to welcome this group of impressive new trustees to our institutions of higher education and am grateful to the trustees who are willing to continue to serve with distinction in leadership positions,” said Baker. “They are all proven leaders in their communities and our community colleges and universities will be well-served by their deep commitment to our Commonwealth and their depth of experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors.”

Cerasuolo-O’Rorke, of Haverhill, appears to replace retired Chelmsford attorney Peter Dulchinos. She is a former president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and unsuccessful candidate for Haverhill mayor in 2007. While working for the chamber, Cerasuolo-O’Rorke was also employed as “shared executive” with the Greater Haverhill Foundation.

She is credited with convincing the foundation to buy the former F.W. Woolworth’s department store, downtown Haverhill, for $1.4 million in 2005. The foundation, through its GHF Realty Partnership, sold the property to a consortium, in which it participates through a subsidiary, for about $1.1 million in 2013. Cerasuolo-O’Rorke’s husband, Vincent, is also a director of the Greater Haverhill Foundation’s board of directors, according to reports filed with the state.

Cerasuolo-O’Rorke and others at her Bradford home address contributed $400 to Baker’s political campaign in 2014, according to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

“I look forward to working with all trustees as we tackle the challenges that face our education system,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “Together we will be able to ensure that our students continue to receive a top-notch education and meet the workforce needs of the future. I also thank all of the outgoing trustees who have served on our public higher education boards. Their contributions have been invaluable.”

2 thoughts on “Gov. Baker Names Cerasuolo-O’Rorke to NECC Board of Trustees

  1. Only in the world of Massachusetts liberal politics can someone get credit for selling a property to shell corporation (themselves) at a loss of $300,000.00. I’m sure it would have been less, huh Sally? But transferring ownership like that someone would have noticed……

    • Well in her defense, she (and most likely the family) did the usual quid pro quo of making sure monies went to the “right” politicians over the years, just over $6K worth dating all the way back to 2002.