New England College is proud to have a diverse and passionate team of people guiding and leading the college.
President Michele D. Perkins, Ed.D.
Michele Perkins brings a successful record of higher education leadership and transformation to her position as the fifteenth president of New England College. Dr. Perkins was appointed president in 2007, and her tenure as president has been highlighted by renewed strategic and campus planning, curriculum innovation, financial well-being, and enhanced external support. She has led an integrated process of optimal enrollment planning; as a result, New England College has grown to over 2,000 students, the highest enrollment in the College’s history. The College is nationally recognized for its commitment to civic engagement and experiential learning in its undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dr. Perkins began her service to the College in the fall of 2001 as Vice President for Enrollment. Two years later, as Senior Vice President, her responsibilities included all areas of admission, student development, athletics, financial aid, student accounts, public information, and human resources. She was instrumental in founding New England College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which currently offers diverse Masters and Doctoral programs online, on campus, and on location in schools and businesses throughout New Hampshire and Maine. Since becoming President, New England College has tripled its enrollment and doubled its endowment.
Dr. Perkins holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Theatre and Performance Studies from Northwestern University and Emerson College, respectively. She earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Perkins’ academic research interests include organizational change in the small college and leadership decision-making.
She teaches on occasion at NEC, providing voice workshops for the Theatre program and Organization and Administration coursework in the Higher Education Administration Master’s program. Early in her career Dr. Perkins taught speech and drama at Emerson College and Curry College. Dr. Perkins continues to perform today, and has a particular interest in solo performances of poetry. She has performed at NEC’s MFA in Creative Writing residencies and also at various performance venues in New England. She recently was a cast member in the 2013 staged reading of Inherit the Wind produced by the Theatre department. She has been a member of the Milton Ensemble, a readers’ theatre group dedicated to performing all books of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and a past board member and company member of the Champlain Arts Theatre Company. She has served for many years as a judge for the New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud state finals competition.
Prior to serving New England College, Dr. Perkins held positions in admissions and enrollment management at White Pines College, New York Law School, Trinity College, and Emerson College. As an independent consultant, she has worked with colleges and universities across the country on a wide range of projects focused on admission marketing strategies, enrollment management, and long range planning. She was a co-founder of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP).
Dr. Perkins currently serves on a number of boards and advisory groups in higher education. She is the Chair of the New Hampshire College and University Council and Chair of Campus Compact for New Hampshire. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New Hampshire Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Perkins is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for Independent Colleges Board of Directors and is Vice Chair of the CIC Public Information Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Council. Dr. Perkins was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to serve as a member of the New England Board of Higher Education.
Dr. Perkins resides in Henniker, NH with her husband James and teenage son Caldwell. The Perkinses also own a home in Corinth, Vermont, where they enjoy gardening and a myriad of outdoor activities.
New England College Board of Trustees
Ned C. Beebe, Jr., BA
In addition to his involvement with New England College since 2002, Ned works with the Girls and Boys Clubs of Nashua and the Lakes Region in New Hampshire. Ned was educated at Hobart and Babson College, and is retired from a successful career in real estate.
Mary V. Bell, BA
Mary V. first became involved at the College as a member of the President’s Advisory Board and later joined the Board of Trustees in 2011. Her career has been focused on management and sales along with volunteer service to the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Young Audiences of New Jersey, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, the Hun School of Princeton Parent Board, and the Salisbury School Parent Board . She is a graduate from the University of Vermont.
Thomas W. Farmen, BA ’74, MSA
Tom became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2000. He graduated from New England College with a B.A. in Business Administration and earned an M.S.A. from Western Connecticut State University in Human Resource Management. Tom is the headmaster of the Rumsey Hall School, is a member of the Washington Rotary Club (Connecticut), and on the Advisory Board of the First National Bank of Litchfield.
Stephen A. Geremia, B.A. ’85
Steve received his B.A. from New England College and has been a member of the Board since 2008. He began his career in the financial services industry, worked for Merrill Lynch and BankBoston, and has successfully managed his own investment and insurance practice for years.
Elbridge T. Gerry, III, BA
A proud father of a New England College alumni, Ebby joined the Board in 2013. He is the Managing Director and head of municipal fixed income management at UBS Global Asset Management, and also serves as vice president of several investment companies and funds. Among other areas, Ebby’s expertise includes investment strategy, municipal bond institutional sales, and municipal bond trading. He is a graduate of Colgate University.
Alyson Pitman Giles, MS
Alyson became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2008 and is a healthcare executive who has served in leadership positions on numerous college, foundation, telecommunications and insurance boards such as the New Hampshire Association of Healthcare Executives, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the University of New Hampshire Manchester, the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and the Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation among others. She is board certified in healthcare management.
Robert Hamecs, MBA
Bob joined the Board of Trustees in 2013, soon after watching his son Daniel graduate from New England College. Bob’s career in finance has spanned over 40 years, leading various departments within Lyon Ross Capital Management, the Clinton Group in New York, Salomon Brothers, and NatWest Markets in New York. Bob earned an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and an MBA from Fordham University.
Daniel Lynch, BA ’85
Dan graduated from New England College with a BS in Business and Finance and is now Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development in the Institutional and Fiduciary Services group of Natixis Global Asset Management. Dan is very active supporting the Home for Little Wonders, the Winthrop School mentoring programs in Boston, Dana Farber, and the Jimmy Fund. He holds his Series 26 Registered Principal license.
John Maguire, Ph.D.
Dr. Maguire has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2001 and is an industry expert in enrollment management and admissions marketing. He has authored numerous papers, been featured in Money magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “Morning Edition.” Jack founded the successful consultancy Maguire Associates as well as DiscoverWhy, a web-based market research company. He has served the United Cerebral Palsy Associations, The College Board, and four institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Jack holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston College and received a post-doctoral fellowship from Rice University.
James Murtha, Ph.D.
Dr. Murtha serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and has been on the Board since 2004. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. from Queens College (City University of New York), Jim continued his education earning his Ph.D. from Columbia University. In addition to serving New England College, Jim is involved with the Union Square Partnership in New York, the Institute for Irish American Studies, and is an adjunct professor at City University of New York.
Lex Scourby, BA ’75, MBA
Alexander “Lex” Scourby has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2000 and is the current Vice Chair. Lex co-founded Orion Seafood International, Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1988. He received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from New England College, majoring in Mathematics/Environmental Science. He earned an MBA from Long Island University, with a major in Finance and International Business. He is a past President of the NEC Alumni Association Board of Directors and is currently the chairman of the Committee for Development, a member of the Committee for Enrollment and Student Engagement, the Committee on Trusteeship, and the Executive Committee. Lex is also a past President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He serves on the Board of Cross Roads House in Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Regional Hospital Board.
Scott Simpson, M.Arch.
Scott is an award-winning architect and Senior Director at Kling Stubbins, an international design firm. He is involved with the Design Futures Council, the Rice Building Institute, and the Boston Children’s Museum. Scott has lectured at numerous universities including Harvard, Yale, Rice, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and has been a featured speaker at more than 50 national conferences and symposia. He has published 115 articles on innovation in the design profession and co-authored two books. Scott holds degrees from Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is registered in twenty states and is both NCARB and LEED certified.
Mary Simon Streep, BA ’77
Mary Simon Streep graduated from NEC with a B.A. in Elementary Education and has been a member of the Board since 2005. Many members and two generations of the Streep family have attended and served New England College in various capacities. In addition to her work with the College, Mary supports a number of other associations and is the President of Mary Streep Interiors in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
Jeff K. Towle
Jeff’s son attended New England College and Jeff joined the Board of Trustees in 1996. He is President of Davis & Towle Group which provides personal, business, and professional insurance and financial services. Jeff attended the College of Insurance in New York City and received his Chartered Life Underwriters designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and his Certified Insurance Counselors designation from the same society in Austin, Texas.
TJ Whitelaw, BA ’76, MBA
TJ joined the Board in 2011 and is an information technology executive and consultant with expertise in sales management, partner development, channels and operations management for a variety of high tech product lines and businesses. TJ held a series of management positions at industry leaders Digital Equipment, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard, joined Riverbed Technology in what was, at the time, the most successful start-up company in Wall Street history. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from New England College, TJ earned his MBA from Northeastern University.
Astrid Williams, BA ’81, MS
Astrid Williams graduated from New England College in 1981 with a BA in Sociology and earned a Masters in Non Profit Management at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. After New England College, Astrid moved to Concord, Massachusetts where she ran the Concord Carlisle Community Chest, a local nonprofit which was an extension of the united way. The Concord Carlisle Community Chest was the major fundraiser for all human service organizations in Concord, Massachusetts. She took over as Executive Director in 1997 and directed the organization for sixteen years. She currently lives in Concord, MA with her husband Greg and her daughter.
Senior AdministrationMichele D. Perkins, Ed.D. President
Mark T. Watman, B.A. ’95, MFA, Ed.D. ’14
Professor of Writing
Paula A. Amato, CMA Senior Vice President, CFO Brad Poznanski, MS
Vice President of Enrollment Morgan Smith, MBA
Vice President of Advancement & Communications
Tia M. Hooper, MA Special Assistant to the President