Mary Paquette, MS, FPN, of Ludlow has been named Director of Dexter Health Services at American International College. The announcement was made recently by AIC President Vince M. Maniaci.

Paquette, served previously as associate director of health services at Western New England University where she played an integral role in building a comprehensive health care facility offering a broad range of services, including everything from routine medical evaluation, to small surgical procedures and mental health.

At AIC, Paquette will operate in a dual capacity, serving both as a clinician and the director of medical services.

As a senior member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, Paquette will have shared responsibility for division-wide strategic planning and assessment activities. She will manage the day-to-day operations of the campus health center; provide direct medical care; and respond to medical emergencies as required.

She will also serve as an advocate for student health needs, managing and providing leadership for a broad range of student development-oriented departments and programs, which will focus on prevention and education to help students become knowledgeable healthcare consumers.

Paquette earned her BSN degree from the Elms College, and her MSN degree from the University of Massachusetts. She also studied coronary care nursing at Middlesex Community College and received OSHA/Occupational Medicine Training at STCC.

Paquette also works in the Emergency Department at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Conn., and Hartford Hospital.

A member of the American College Health Association, Paquette is licensed in both Massachusetts and Connecticut and is certified for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and as a Family Nurse Practitioner.