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Acumen Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz to lead NEC Commencement

April 10, 2017

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The CEO of Nonprofit Global Venture Fund and Winner of the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award to Deliver Keynote Address and Receive Honorary Degree from New England College.

Jacqueline Novogratz is to deliver the New England College 2017 Commencement keynote address and receive an honorary degree.

Acumen CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz

New England College is pleased to announce Jacqueline Novogratz as its 2017 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree recipient. One of the most revolutionary players shaping philanthropy today, Ms. Novogratz is Founder and CEO of Acumen, a nonprofit social venture fund changing the way the world tackles poverty.

Founded in 2001, Acumen invests philanthropic capital to create sustainable businesses that serve the world’s poor. A pioneer of impact investing, the organization has invested more than $106 million in nearly 100 companies across Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the United States. In 2016, Ms. Novogratz received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for her idea of leveraging the best of business to address the problems of poverty and building a new generation of social entrepreneurs. She has chronicled her journey to Acumen in several TED Talks and New York Times best-seller The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.

“Jacqueline is a highly accomplished person and a creative problem-solver with a strong sense of purpose and vision,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “She is a gifted leader who communicates a positive, forward-looking approach to global issues. I am excited to welcome Jacqueline to NEC and know that our graduating students will find her message relevant and inspirational.”

Prior to founding Acumen, Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, Rwanda’s first microfinance institution. Novogratz began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. She currently sits on the Oxford Said Global Leadership Council and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative Advisory Board. Novogratz serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, IDEO.org, and Sonen Capital. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

New England College’s 70th Commencement Ceremony:

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017. 11:00 AM
Where: Simon Green, New England College, Henniker, NH

Approximately 450 students – undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate – and faculty, staff, families, and friends are expected to attend Commencement.

4/10/17

NEC to Host Pathways to Success Alumnae Forum

March 23, 2017

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President’s Speaker Series Features Accomplished Women Graduates of New England College: Career Choices, Challenges, and Opportunities.

New England College is pleased to announce that its President’s Speaker Series will be hosting an alumnae forum titled “Pathways to Success,” Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m., in the Simon Center Great Room on the Henniker campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“Pathways to Success” will feature engaging and insightful conversation with some of the College’s most prominent women graduates. Attendees will learn from alumnae who have excelled in professions as varied as advertising, nonprofit leadership, investment services, the arts, and media. They will discuss the opportunities and challenges they have encountered, the decisions they have made, and the lessons they have learned.

The forum will be moderated by New England College President Michele D. Perkins. Alumnae Forum participants include: Debbie Spring Reed ’60, Astrid Williams ’81, Dyan Goodwin ’82, Kim Costello Lesko ’85, and Ariane Trimuschat ’88.

“We are very pleased to welcome this group of accomplished women back to campus,” said New England College President, Dr. Michele Perkins. “Their success stories are certain to be thought-provoking and inspirational. Our students benefit greatly from direct conversation with our guest speakers, and we look forward to hearing from our alumnae as they share their expertise and experiences.”

Debbie Spring Reed ’60

A retired advertising executive, Debbie is a true pioneer. She was one of the first women to break into the executive ranks at Young & Rubicam Advertising, where she created and developed the Talent Control Department. She also worked as an editor and reporter, and at the Ford Models Agency where she was their first television casting director. Debbie has been an active volunteer in her community and was the first female alumna to serve as Chairperson of New England College’s Board of Trustees.

Astrid Williams ’81

Astrid’s career has focused on working to strengthen and improve community and human service organizations in the Concord, MA region, serving in a variety of fundraising and leadership positions. She currently works in a clinical management position at Emerson Hospital (Concord, MA) and serves on the Board of Trustees of New England College.

Dyan Goodwin ’82

Dyan has built a thriving career in financial services, with over 25 years of combined wealth, credit, and investment management experience at companies such as Fidelity Investments, Nuveen, and MFS Investment Management. Now focused on private wealth management, she is currently Managing Director at US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

Kim Costello Lesko ’85

Kim began her career managing a five-star restaurant north of Boston. A successful sales career in the food services industry led to the purchase of 1640 Hart House, an elegant and historic restaurant in Ipswich MA. Since 2003, her husband Jim has served as chef, while Kim’s focus has been on business, sales, and design. In addition, Kim owns and manages a portfolio of investment properties.

Ariane Trimuschat ’88

Ariane has spent over 25 years in marketing, communications, and the arts. She began her career in publishing working at Sassy magazine, Cahners Publishing, and Condé Nast Publishing. In 2000, she became the San Francisco Director of the national arts organization Gen Art. In 2012, Ariane was appointed Director of the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show, the oldest and most prestigious international art and antiques show on the West Coast.


About the President’s Speaker Series:

Each year the President’s Speaker Series at New England College brings to campus prominent leaders and innovators from business, nonprofits, public policy, and issue areas that are interesting, insightful, and engaging for students and members of the community.

3/23/17

Senator Hassan, Governor Sununu, Educators, Finance Leaders Join Forces to Bring Technology to Low-Income Families

January 31, 2017

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Day-Long “Digital Equity Summit” Will Spearhead Directing Resources to Shrink the Digital Divide in NH.

Despite our collective access to technology, too many New Hampshire families stand on the wrong side of our digital divide, unable to access the information that is exchanged so freely today. Without access to computers, email or the internet, keeping in touch with work contacts can prove impossible. A day-long summit, the NH Summit on Digital Equity, will bring various assets from business, technology and politics together to develop and implement strategies for closing that divide and connecting more families together.

Robert McLaughlin, of New England College, will lead the summit and has been working with federal officials, philanthropists and others to secure the necessary funding needs to help cover the cost of investing in new and affordable technology for families in need. State leaders will join the summit at noon to announce details for how the plan will be implemented statewide.

“New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to mobilize local assets in the education, banking, political, business and workforce communities to create a workable and affordable plan to support systemic digital equity,” explains McLaughlin. “This program will make an incredible difference in the lives of families who currently have no consistent access to the technology they need to live, work and play.”

What:  Digital Equity Press Conference

Who:  US Senator Maggie Hassan, Representatives of Governor Chris Sununu, New England College’s Robert McLaughlin, NH Summit Chair.

When:  Friday, February 3, 2017 @ Noon

Where: Comcast Conference Center, 676 Island Pond Road, Manchester

Read more about this conference. http://www.digitalequity.us/nh-summit.html


National Collaborative for Digital Equity

NEC Founders Day: Start 2017 with Gratitude

January 17, 2017

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Renowned NH Higher Education Leader Thomas Horgan to Offer Keynote on Importance of Gratitude in Changing Times.

On Wednesday, January 18, New England College will mark its 71st year, taking a moment to recognize its founding, its military roots, and to celebrate a leading voice in higher education who is retiring this year.  NEC’s annual Founders Day will be highlighted with a keynote speech by Tom Horgan, the outgoing leader of the New Hampshire College and University Council, whose message to students will be, “The Importance of Gratitude.”  Dr. Horgan has served as the leader of NHCUC for nearly 25 years.

“Now more than ever, we need to remember our roots, recognize progress, and keep an open mind in the face of uncertain times,” explains Horgan.  “This month marks a new administration in Washington, unique challenges in higher education, and a change in leadership at many levels of public service.  It is impossible to predict the future, but as we have learned in past years, we must remember our history or be doomed to repeat it.  We can take our guidance from what we have experienced in the past and work together for a positive future.”

Horgan notes the modest beginnings of NEC, which started in 1946 with a teacher who moved to Henniker with a car full of books and a desire to open a new school.  The early days were often a struggle, but members of the community came together to ensure the College’s success and launch NEC to heights that could not have been imagined seven decades ago.

“Tom Horgan is a powerful advocate for higher education and will provide a unique voice and unique perspective for our students,” says New England College President Michele Perkins.  “It took vision, courage and pure determination to build a college from nothing, and it is a valuable exercise to stop and take stock of what has been accomplished here in Henniker.  We appreciate Tom’s intent to ask us all to express gratitude, and to remind students that no matter how they feel about the future, they can learn a great deal from the lessons of the past.”

The celebration of Founders Day was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of those who founded New England College. Established in 1946 to serve the educational needs of the country’s military men and women returning from World War II, New England College sought to expand the horizons of a new generation of students. Today the College serves 2,800 students, and offers over 35 undergraduate programs, dozens of graduate and professional programs, and one doctorate program.

Over 32% of New England College’s residential undergraduate population are students of color. The College also enjoys undergraduate enrollment that includes the highest percentage of African American students in the State.

Founders Day also acknowledges the many accomplishments of the College, its students, faculty, and staff over the past year.  The event will be held at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, January 18, in Bridges Gym on 14 Grove Street, Henniker.

President’s Speaker Series Hosts Communications and Sales Expert Alumnus: Kevin Kelly

October 27, 2016

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New England College is pleased to announce that its President’s Speaker Series will be hosting alumnus and sales and communications expert Kevin Kelly ’78. Mr. Kelly will speak with students and the NEC community Thursday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m., in the Simon Center Great Room. The event is free and open to the public.

New England College President’s Speaker Series presents: Kevin Kelly, BA ‘78

Mr. Kelly has crafted an extraordinary sales and communications career, building successful sales teams and providing expert communications guidance to numerous international businesses in a variety of industries.

He is a consultant at Templar Advisors, an internationally-based communications firm headquartered in London, and with offices in New York City, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Templar specializes in spoken communication: how to effectively get your message across. The company consults with all levels of management and sales to improve client interaction and make sales calls more impactful and productive. Templar also provides senior executive coaching and communications advisory work for important projects such as board presentations, conference preparation, and initial public offerings (IPO’s).

“We are very happy to welcome Kevin to campus,” said New England College President Dr. Michele Perkins. “Kevin is a gifted communicator and successful NEC graduate. His comments are sure to be stimulating and inspiring. Our students benefit greatly from direct conversation with our guest speakers, and we look forward to hearing from Kevin as he shares his expertise and experiences in sales and communications.”

Mr. Kelly joined Templar following a successful 25+ year career on Wall Street, where he held senior sales and communications roles at UBS, Bear Stearns, and Morgan Stanley. He is a 1978 graduate of New England College, where he earned his BA in History and Political Science. Mr. Kelly went on to earn an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in International Finance and Editor of Columbia Journal of World Business.

Mr. Kelly served on New England College’s Board of Trustees for six years and remains involved, sitting on NEC’s President’s Advisory Board and advising the College’s Strategic Sales Management program. His involvement in communications and sales extends to the academic environment. He teaches at the London Business School as part of a program run by Templar. He also helped create the Chandler Center for the Study of Sales at Elon University and serves on their Advisory Board.

About the President’s Speaker Series:

Each year the President’s Speaker Series at New England College brings to campus prominent leaders and innovators from business, nonprofits, public policy, and issue areas that are interesting, insightful, and engaging for students and members of the community.

NEC Gala Celebrates the Opening of the John Lyons Center

October 11, 2016

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NEC’s new academic center features design and technology to meet student learning needs today and for the future.

 (left to right) NEC’s Trustee T.J. Whitelaw, Professor John Lyons, President Michele Perkins, and Chairman-elect Lex Scourby.

(left to right) NEC’s Trustee T.J. Whitelaw, Professor John Lyons, President Michele Perkins, and Chairman-elect Lex Scourby.

During New England College’s recent Fall Festival Weekend, the College hosted a gala event to celebrate the opening of its newest academic building, the John Lyons Center.

President of New England College, Dr. Michele Perkins, expressed the College’s profound thanks to those whose support made the building possible, and honored the debut of an academic learning center that will enhance New England College for decades to come.

John Lyons Center

John Lyons Center

The 19,000 square foot John Lyons Center hosts classes and supports student learning from majors and programs across campus and serves as the home of Management Division faculty. Ten classrooms deliver a full range of technology to support learning. The Learning Commons, an open two-story atrium space with a variety of seating and gathering options, andnumerous study and seminar rooms support academic group work, team projects, and study.

President’s Speaker Series Hosts Venture Capital and Angel Investor: Alumnus Jeffrey Finkle

September 26, 2016

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New England College is pleased to announce that its President’s Speaker Series will be hosting alumnus, entrepreneur, and venture and angel investor Jeffrey Finkle ’80. Mr. Finkle will speak with students and the NEC community Thursday, October 13, at 6:00 p.m., in the Simon Center Great Room. The event is free and open to the public.

low-res-jeff-finkleMr. Finkle is a 1980 graduate of New England College, where he earned his BA in Business Administration/Finance. He is a gifted leader and executive, and an expert in venture capital and angel investing. Recently Mr. Finkle was named one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch (alleywatch.com).

Mr. Finkle presently serves as Chairman of the Evaluation Committee and Treasurer of the ARC Angel Fund, and is Co-Director of the Reitler Advisory Group: which provides mentoring and advisory services to early stage technology companies and venture fund administration services to general partners of micro VC funds.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff back on campus,” said New England College President Dr. Michele Perkins. “Jeff is a highly accomplished NEC graduate. His comments are sure to be thought-provoking and insightful. Our students benefit greatly from direct interaction and conversation with our guest speakers, and we look forward to hearing from Jeff as he shares his expertise, experiences, and evolution from NEC student to entrepreneur and venture and angel investor.”

Mr. Finkle is a frequent panelist, speaker, and judge on venture investing and pitch competitions in New York. He also guest lectures and holds office hours for numerous entrepreneurial incubators and accelerators. Mr. Finkle served as Chairman of Servicechannel.com until its acquisition in 2014. Prior to his work with Angel and Seed groups, he was a Partner of Odeon Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund. In addition, Mr. Finkle has served in a variety of executive roles including corporate development, product management, and marketing.

Mr. Finkle also serves as Chairman of the Board of Promoting Specialized Care and Health (PSCH), a not-for-profit organization offering residential, clinical, and day programs to 9,000 individuals with developmental, psychological, and behavioral disabilities in New York City’s five boroughs and Long Island.

About the President’s Speaker Series:

Each year the President’s Speaker Series at New England College brings to campus prominent leaders and innovators from business, nonprofits, public policy, and issue areas that are interesting, insightful, and engaging for students and members of the community.

NEC To Host Senate and Gubernatorial Debates

September 19, 2016

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NECN to Broadcast Live Debates with WKXL, WGIR-AM, and Concord Monitor

New England College is pleased to announce that it will host candidate debates for both U.S. Senate and N.H. Governor on its Henniker, N.H. campus in early October. The debates are being produced in collaboration with media partners New England Cable News (NECN), the Concord Monitor, and radio stations WKXL, and WGIR-AM. The US Senate and gubernatorial debates will be televised and broadcast live on NECN, WKXL, and WGI-AM.

The debates will lead off with the first-time debate between Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Governor Maggie Hassen for US Senate. The debate will be held Monday, October 3rd, from 7-8 PM.

Two days later Executive Councilors Chris Sununu (R) and Colin Van Ostern (D) will meet in a gubernatorial debate. The debate will be held Wednesday, October 5th, from 7-8 PM.

“The Center for Civic Engagement at New England College could not be more thrilled to be hosting a debate series in advance of November’s general election,” said New England College Political Science Professor Wayne Lesperance. “NEC’s Center exists to promote civic engagement and actively involved citizenship among our students, staff and faculty,” explained Lesperance. “That we will have the very first U.S. Senate debate of this election cycle and a gubernatorial debate is incredibly exciting for our community.”

NEC to Sponsor NH Primary Debate Series

July 14, 2016

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WGIR to Host Live In-studio Debates in July/August with Concord Monitor and NECN –

New England College is proud to announce a series of primary debates between candidates for major offices in New Hampshire, including Congress and Governor. Working with media partners WGIR radio, NECN and the Concord Monitor, the live debates will be held in the Manchester studios as part of “New Hampshire Today” with Jack Heath.

The debate series will lead off with the first-time debate between Republicans Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta in the First District GOP Congressional Primary.  The debate will be held next Wednesday, July 20th, from 8-9 am.

“These races are taking shape and there’s not much time before the voters must head to the polls to decide these primaries,” says Jack Heath, moderator and questioner for the series of radio debates, and host of NH Today, on iHeartRadio. “We will explore a number of issues that are important to the people of our state, including health care, the drug epidemic, the budget, jobs and veterans’ issues. We are honored to host these in-studio debates.”

The other debates are as follows:

GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate – July 27th
Dem Gubernatorial Primary Debate – August 10th
GOP 2nd Dist. Cong Primary Debate – August 17th

As media co-sponsor, the Concord Monitor’s Allie Morris and Jonathan VanFleet will participate in each of the four radio debates. New England Cable News will provide spot news coverage of the debate series.  In addition, Dr. Wayne Lesperance, of New England College, will provide commentary for each of the debates.

“As sponsor and organizer of these primary debates, we hope to be fulfilling a critical public service by creating a process that will help inform voters going into the September primary,” explains Dr. Lesperance. “This is an historic election cycle and we know that in a presidential cycle, voter turnout is typically very high.  These races are also important to the future of our state and our country, and we are thrilled to be playing a small, but critical role in the election process.”

Working closely with New England Cable News, WGIR, and the Concord Monitor as media partners, New England College intends to host a similar series of live, televised debates in October, featuring the primary winners and candidates for major office in New Hampshire this fall. Organizers are finalizing details for those upcoming debates, which will be hosted on campus at NEC in Henniker.

July 14, 2016

Summer Institute for Educators 2016

June 27, 2016

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New England College Committed to the Art of Teaching –

Dozens of teachers and academic administrators eagerly began the first day of a very popular and professionally rewarding annual event. The Summer Institute for Educators has been offered at New England College for 15 years and will hold classes June 23-24 and June 27-28 at the Henniker, New Hampshire campus. Educators learn from custom courses that are developed in response to the real needs and goals of area schools and institutions.  Participants earn accreditation-required contact hours, graduate program credits, and expertise on innovative tools, technologies, and methods that enhance teaching effectiveness and improve student learning.

“We know educators want and need to stay fresh,” said Dr. Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Program Director for the Summer Institute for Educators and Associate Dean of New England College’s Education Division. “Our courses change each year and are a reflection of what information is needed by teachers and educators in the field.”

One example is a course entitled A Teacher’s Role in Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline and is a direct result of schools in Massachusetts needing help from teachers.  Another course, From Tinkering to Understanding, is helping teachers think about new ways to enhance their STEM curriculums.  All courses offer specific learning objectives and skill development (see full course list below).

Instructors at the Summer Institute for Educators bring a wealth of knowledge into the classroom. In addition to rich experience from years of working with a variety of students in a wide range of educational settings, these practitioners provide academic depth that comes from their own advanced training and pursuit of masters and doctorate degrees.

SGPS-Summer-Institute-For-Educators-2016-Classroom


Student Testimonials


David Brown, M.Ed.

David Brown, M.Ed.

“The Summer Institute for Educators is a great way for teachers to get work done,” said David Brown, M.Ed., a former Army officer who taught physical education for 18 years at Derry Middle School and new Assistant Principal at Barka Elementary in Derry, NH. “Instead of seven weeks – which is a long time when you’re juggling a job and family – I will complete my Research Practicum in four days.”

David learned about New England College and the Summer Institute for Educators from several leaders in his field. His principal received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from New England College and their superintendent is an online professor for the school.  “The experience here is very personal.”


Kimber Stannard never thought she would pursue a master’s degree. A bright special education teacher at Dunbarton Elementary School, Kimber was encouraged by her administration and her family to advance in her career.  Her mother-in-law received her Master’s degree in Education from New England College and spoke highly of the accessibility and understanding she received from the faculty.  Today Kimber is concentrating her M.Ed. work on curriculum and instruction, and wishes she started the process sooner.  “I was afraid I wasn’t able to handle it, but it’s totally doable.  This is my second time at the Summer Institute for Educators and it’s a great feeling to complete significant work in four intensive days.”


Before Amy Schaeffner became an 8th Grade science teacher at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, she spent 10 years teaching biology at Concord High School and the New Hampshire Technical Institute.  She loves being in the classroom, interacting with students, and pushing herself to learn more about her craft.  “I think it’s important to stay up to date with the current research and teaching methods,” she said while taking a quick break from her work at the Summer Institute for Educators.  “I’m earning credits toward my M.Ed. and really appreciate having my advisor available as a resource.  I am getting a lot of work done in a short amount of time and the entire process has been very fulfilling.”


2016 Courses:SGPS-Summer-Institute-For-Educators-2016-Doorway

  • A Teacher’s Role in Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Designing a Classroom Communication Tool
  • Developing Grit through Growth Mindset Education
  • Dynamics of Educational Reform and Systems Change
  • From Tinkering to Understanding
  • Movement Breaks: Benefits for the Whole Child
  • Research Practicum I
  • Research Practicum II
  • Student Centered Learning: Less Us, More Them
  • The Art of Social Problem-Solving: Technique and Mystique
  • The Empowerment Classroom: How Student Voice and Partnership Can Improve Engagement, School Attachment and Learning

To be included in the Summer Institute for Educators’ mailing list please contact Kaitlyn Coe, Administrative Assistant to the Education Division, at kcoe@nec.edu or 603.428.2340.