Governor Patrick Appoints Dean Stephen Crosby to Chair Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Office of Communications | December 13, 2011
Governor Patrick Appoints Dean Stephen Crosby to Chair Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Stephen Crosby, dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, as chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

“Steve Crosby possesses the integrity and strong management skills we need to lead the new gaming commission,” Patrick said. “I trust Steve to build an organization that meets the public’s high expectations and my own for integrity and professionalism. I look forward to working with the attorney general and treasurer on the remaining appointments.”

As the chair of the newly created commission, Crosby will lead the implementation of expanded gaming in Massachusetts.

“It will be up to me and the commission to assure both the public and the participants in the gaming industry that the process for developing expanded gaming in Massachusetts is honest, transparent, and fair,” Crosby said. “The commonwealth and its residents have much to gain, most particularly in the creation of jobs.”

"It's a great honor for me to know the governor views the University of Massachusetts Boston campus is a place to turn when the state is in need of strong public managers and expertise in public policy.," said UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. "It is a tribute to our campus and a tribute to the public higher education system as a whole."

Crosby will continue in his role as dean until the commission is convened in February 2012, and he is expected to return following a two-year leave of absence while chairing the commission.

"Under Steve’s leadership, the McCormack Graduate School has developed into a strong, effective academic unit," Langley said. "The school has hired outstanding new faculty members, and created new academic programs."

Langley said he will consult with members of the university community about selecting someone to lead the McCormack Graduate School on an interim basis.

Crosby has served in a variety of senior leadership positions in the private and public sectors, serving under both Republican and Democratic governors, and has been a successful entrepreneur and business executive.

The expanded gaming legislation signed by Governor Patrick in November 2011 allows for up to three destination resort casinos in geographically diverse locations, along with one slots facility, competitively awarded statewide. Through the legislation, the five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission was created as an independent body responsible for implementing and overseeing the gaming licensing process with the utmost integrity. The chair of the commission is appointed by the governor and the attorney general and treasurer will each appoint one member. The remaining two members will be appointed by two out of the three appointing authorities. The commission must be bipartisan, with no more than three members representing the same political party. The full commission must be appointed by March 21, 2012.

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