Sen. deMacedo Prepares for New Position with BSU

PLYMOUTH – Plymouth/Barnstable State Senator Vinny deMacedo is getting ready to start the next chapter of his career.

After his announcement last week that he will be stepping down as a state senator, deMacedo is finishing the last few weeks in the legislature before turning his attention to his new role with Bridgewater State University.

The long-time politician will soon become the Director of Regional Partnerships for Bridgewater State, in which he will connect the school’s resources with regional needs.

In the new role, deMacedo will also connect students with paid internships and collaborate to advance the university’s interests in the region and the state.

He said that he became very familiar with BSU and its political science department during his time in the Legislature.

“I just love what they do, I love their mission and the impact that they’ve had economically and educationally in this region,” he said.

“From my perspective, it’s an opportunity to kind of step out but still be active in public service.”

Bridgewater State University President Frederick Clark Jr. said that with the university forging relationships with nearby community colleges and expanding adult learning programs, Senator deMacedo is the right person for the job.

“This position is critical to helping our students, to connecting them to pathways to employment, and in turn helping regional employers to find the talent, resources and programs they need to thrive,” said President Clark, “and there is simply no one who understands Southeastern Massachusetts better or is more respected than Senator deMacedo.”

It’s a different environment for deMacedo, who has been in public office for over 20 years in both the house and senate.

He said he knew that he wasn’t likely to run for re-election in 2020 and started looking for new opportunities.

“Like everything, there’s a season,” he said.

Still, he said he’s going to miss his colleagues and the people that he has served in the district.

“It’s been an incredible honor for me, I’m just absolutely humbled,” said deMacedo.

“I have loved this job and I just knew that to everything there’s a season and this is the season for me to think where I go next after twenty-something years. I hope my new role continues to be an asset for the region.”

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