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New England College in Henniker, NH Attracts Unprecedented Diversity

October 7, 2015

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In a state where 94% of the population is white, nearly 35% of New England College’s incoming undergraduate students in Henniker identify themselves as students of color. 22% identify as Black or African American and nearly 7% as Hispanic or Latino. This is remarkable considering New Hampshire’s ranking as the third whitest state in the country and Henniker’s rural setting.

Demographic Diversity Comparisons

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* United States Census Bureau,
** Diversity total does not include unknown, white, or international populations.

New England College Diversity Highlights

  • Nearly 35% of New England College’s incoming undergraduate class that live on-campus identify themselves as students of color. In a state that is 94% white, 35% on-campus diversity is unprecedented.
  • New England College has the highest percentage of African American students compared to any other college or university in New Hampshire. (see below)
  • The on-campus African American population at New England College has doubled since 2012.
  • New England College is second to Dartmouth College for total student diversity. Most self-reported and third-party student population reports only provide total diversity percentages which combines both on-campus and online groups. The most recent national data available is from 2013 and, as demonstrated in the graph below, signals that New England College’s internal diversity data represents a real trend of 4-5% a year.

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* The National Center for Education Statistics only has data up to 2013 and represents new and returning students attending on-campus and online.

African American Student Populations in New Hampshire

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*’s most recent data available is from 2012-2013.
** The most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics is from 2013 and represents new and returning students attending on-campus and online.

Perspectives on Diversity Growth at New England College

Academic program flexibility, personal connections with faculty, and the College’s signature hands-on learning philosophy are believed to be the main reasons for enrollment growth and diversity. For the past several years, diversity has steadily trended upward. Three years ago diversity in the incoming undergraduate class was about 22%. This year it’s about 35%. This increase is remarkable when considering the rural location and homogeneous population in New Hampshire.

“Our students are receiving an excellent education,” said New England College President, Michele Perkins. “The growth in the diversity population here is organic and naturally enhancing the knowledge base of all our students. Our liberal arts education is further enriched by more and more diverse groups learning together. Students are focusing on obtaining skills and experience that prepare them for future career success in a global society. I’m proud that New England College is known for a welcoming culture that promotes academic growth and individual transformation.”

“I love it here,” said Anthony Boame, an African American senior studying in Pre-Law and Creative Writing. “I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts and didn’t know how I was going to like a small town college. I quickly discovered that it’s a special place. Not only is it beautiful, but the people are amazing. It’s been a fit ever since.” Kendra Lisenby, another African American senior from Boston, agrees. “New England College has absolutely transformed me. In addition to the academics, I am a senior class officer and supervisor for NEC’s student phone-a-thon. There’s an open and friendly culture here that’s distinctive. I’m not surprised more and more people like me are choosing New England College.”

“What I like about New England College is the close connection with faculty,” said J. Muniz ’13, a first-generation alumnus who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Project Management from New England College. J.’s father, a native of Puerto Rico, remembers J. choosing New England College from other options and is proud of his son’s academic and professional success. “Attending college brings a lot of benefits,” said Carlos Muniz. “We know the value of the New England College experience through the eyes and opportunities of our son.”

“Our culture is pretty unique here,” said Mike Taberski, New England College’s Dean of Students. “It’s true we deliver academic excellence at a beautiful school, but I believe it’s the attitude and inner passion of students that make the NEC experience so personally meaningful. In terms of supporting diversity growth, every day our students are helping us think about the kinds of programs and resources they need to stay engaged. As just one example, a director of student diversity services and inclusion will be joining our team. As student needs change – whether it be academically, socially, or culturally – we’re ready to make their experience transformative. It’s the NEC way!”

Alumna and New England College admissions counselor, Miranda Murphy ’14, believes the campus is growing more and more diverse from word-of-mouth recommendations. She thinks once students get to campus they understand the value of diversity. “Diversity made my experience at New England College rich with context and perspective,” shared Miranda. “My friends came from different socioeconomic backgrounds and it definitely enriched our conversations. I feel that I am so much better prepared to work and live in the real world than if I had attended a college where all the students were the same.”

New York City Judge and alumnus Franc Perry ’83 is happy to learn of the College’s diversity, but isn’t surprised. “When I attended New England College I was one of a few African Americans, but I was made to feel welcome just like everyone else. The whole point of the school has always been to experience new information and different points of reference in a supportive environment. It’s satisfying to know that more young students are discovering the gem that is New England College.”

Bill Wyman Joins New England College’s Board of Trustees

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Bill Wyman - NEC TrusteeNew England College is pleased to announce a new member to the Board of Trustees, Mr. William W. Wyman. Bill joins a diverse group of 18 other accomplished professionals who share a commitment to assuring value to New England College’s students – present, past, and future.

Bill Wyman is co-founder of Oliver, Wyman & Company, a management consulting firm that serves the top executives of major companies throughout the world. Prior to Oliver, Wyman& Company, he held several positions at Booz Allen & Hamilton, including President of the Management Consulting Group, member of the executive committee, and member of the board. In recent years, Bill has worked as a director and advisor to more than a dozen public and private companies. He also has served as a trustee to several not-for-profit organizations and as an advisor to several private equity partnerships.

Bill served in the United States Navy, graduated from Colgate University with a degree in economics, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“We are so pleased to have Bill Wyman join the New England College Board of Trustees,” said Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “Bill’s corporate and humanitarian experience is vast and I know how committed he is to bringing positive change to the world. He’ll be a great addition to our Board.”

NEC Opens Veterans Resource Center

October 6, 2015

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Veterans Resource Center

(L. to R.) Jo Moncher, Chair of the NH Commission on PTSD and TBI ; Michele Perkins, President of NEC; and Cindi Nadelman, NEC Director of Veterans’ Affairs celebrate the opening of New England College’s Veterans Resource Center

New England College celebrated the opening of a new, on-campus Veterans Resource Center with a dedication ceremony honoring military service and affirming the College’s historic support of higher education for veterans, active military, and their families.

“New England College was founded in 1946 to serve WWII veterans seeking an education and a better life,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “Today, students who have served in the military make up 15% of our total enrollment. We are proud to continue our tradition of service with the opening of the Veterans Resource Center, a place where veterans attending NEC may come to meet, study, relax, and obtain the resources and tools they need to succeed.”

According to Dr. Cindi Nadelman, Professor of Business Administration, Director of Veterans’ Affairs at the College, and a veteran herself, “New England College’s Veterans Resource Center is a welcoming, supportive environment designed especially for our veterans, whether they are living on campus or commuting. Our mission is to assist all service members attending New England College in achieving their goals. The Center is funded in part with a grant from the NH Commission on PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). We are extremely grateful to them for their support.”

Jo Moncher, Chair of the NH Commission on PTSD and TBI noted that, “Providing access points and gathering places for our veterans is critical to reaching out and providing needed services, from education to healthcare and employment. The college setting in particular is an effective way to reach post-911 veterans. Thanks to New England College for saying ‘yes’ to our military.”

New England College is designated a “Military-Friendly School” by, and is an unlimited Yellow Ribbon School. The College offers flexible course schedules, online and on-campus programs, and a flexible transfer credit policy. For spouses of active duty military, New England College offers a tuition discount for undergraduate online courses.

NEC to Increase Scholarship Aid to NH Scholars

October 1, 2015

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In response to recent news that the NH Scholars program will offer STEM and ARTS pathways, New England College has offered an added incentive for local high school students. NEC is now offering higher scholarship aid for any New Hampshire student who chooses a STEM or ARTS pathway.

Basic NH Scholar recipients will qualify for $15,000/year minimum scholarship aid to New England College. Students who pursue the more challenging STEM and ARTS pathways will receive $20,000/year scholarships from the Henniker-based College.

“Access to a college education is critically important. NEC believes in opening doors and providing opportunity to students who decide early on to take more challenging course loads and who work hard to reach their goals,” explains New England College President, Michele Perkins. “These students have invested in their dreams, and so will we.”

As of this fall, NH Scholars is offering the new pathways. These new options require a minimum grade point average (GPA) as well as classes focused on each specific path. These rigorous programs created by NH Scholars serve as an incentive program for any student in New Hampshire to realize their dreams of a college education and a rewarding career.

“Based on changes and challenges of our economy, along with a focus on STEM-related careers, we are adding to our content and intensity,” explains Scott Power, director of NH Scholars. “We know the business community needs graduates who are skilled in STEM programs. We applaud New England College for investing in our local high school graduates, and for showing there is a direct benefit for the investment of hard work and dedication in high school.”

“This is an incredible development, and an exciting new incentive for students to recognize the opportunities they have in front of them,” explains Tom Raffio, chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education. “The NH Scholars new pathways will offer a compass to students, and now New England College is offering a way to make this process more affordable for families.”

“College administrators have made it clear that our schools must encourage students to reach higher and take advantage of the challenging classes that are available at the high school level,” says Dr. Virginia Barry, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education. “By offering NH Scholars pathways as a new incentive, I believe this will boost overall college acceptance numbers and result in a better trained workforce.”

The NH Scholars STEM emphasis will require four years of English, math, and science, with an additional year of a STEM-related course. To receive this recognition, students must carry a 3.2 GPA while also taking social science and foreign language classes.

The NH Scholars ARTS emphasis will require the same basic standards as the traditional NH Scholars pathway, but students interested in this option must also take two years from a visual, fine arts, performing arts, or graphic design program. Business leaders say they recognize the value of providing different options to students.

The current NH Scholars program will remain. It will continue to require students to take four years of English and math, with three years of lab-science, 3.5 years of social science and two years of a foreign language to qualify for a NH Scholars medallion. There is no GPA minimum requirement for the traditional NH Scholars pathway.

NH Scholars is operated as part of the New Hampshire College and University Council, a coalition of 17-members colleges devoted to student development and quality higher education.

NEC Names Lou Izzi Athletic Director

September 21, 2015

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LouIzziNew England College is pleased to announce the appointment of Louis Izzi, Jr. as Director of Athletics. “Student-athletes are an important part of the NEC community,” said President Michele Perkins. “Over 30% of our on-campus students participate in an NCAA or club sport. Lou brings a high level of knowledge to the College, from coaching and mentoring coaches, to regulatory compliance and developing academic support systems for athletes. We are thrilled to have Lou leading Pilgrim athletics.”

Izzi comes to NEC from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He began and built the men’s ice hockey program in 1996 and was named New England Hockey Writers Coach of the year in 2001. Izzi has served as JWU’s Assistant Athletic Director since 1998.

“I am honored and excited to become the next Director of Athletics at New England College,” said Izzi. “I am thankful to President Perkins and NEC’s senior team for giving me this incredible opportunity to join the NEC family and lead the Athletics Department. I look forward to aligning Pilgrim athletics with the mission and strategic plan of the College by ensuring a highly competitive, enrollment-driven, and student-athlete centered athletics program.”

Izzi graduated from Providence College with a BA in English. He received his masters degree in Sport Administration from Canisius College.

Senator Rand Paul: Town Hall Meeting

September 16, 2015

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Rand Paul V1New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul, Friday, September 25, 2015, at 2:00 PM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

Paul’s Town Hall Meeting is the eighth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring potential and announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College. #NHPSC2016.

Learn more about Sen. Rand Paul, M.D. at

Lawrence Lessig (D) Kicks Off Campaign in NH with NEC Town Hall Meeting

September 15, 2015

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Lessig V1 (002)New England College will host its second Presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination with a Town Hall Meeting for Lawrence Lessig. According to NEC Professor of Political Science Wayne Lesperance, “While perhaps not as well-known as others running for President, Professor Lessig has made news with his unorthodox plan: he is running to get money out of politics. Specifically, his goal is to end the Citizens United decision. Once that’s complete he plans to resign and turn the Presidency over to his Vice President.” Lessig’s visit to NEC comes on Constitution Day, a fitting time to discuss campaign funding and voting rights.

Lessig studied economics at college, philosophy at graduate school, and finally law. He clerked in the federal judiciary before becoming a professor in 1991. His initial focus was constitutional law, and he worked across eastern and central Europe to understand and then help with the transition away from Communism. In 2007, Aaron Swartz convinced him to shift his work to ending the corruption of our democracy. With Swartz and Joe Trippi, he founded (what became) Rootstrikers. He was a founder of the New Hampshire Rebellion, and a co-founder of Mayday.US.

Lessig’s Town Hall Meeting is Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 10 a.m., in the Simon Center Great Room at New England College. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.

NEC Welcomes Dan DeMeo ’81, CEO of CAN Capital

September 10, 2015

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Daniel DeMeo ’81, Chief Executive Officer at CAN Capital, Inc.On Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 pm, the New England College President’s Speaker Series is delighted
to present CAN Capital CEO, and New England College alumnus, Dan DeMeo ’81. The public is invited to
attend. Every year the President’s Speaker Series brings to the NEC campus prominent leaders and
innovators from business, nonprofits, public policy, and issue areas that are interesting and engaging for
students and members of the community.

Dan is Chief Executive Officer of CAN Capital, Inc. Since 1998, CAN Capital has helped small and
medium-sized businesses access capital to fund entrepreneurial growth. To date, CAN Capital has facilitated
over 160,000 small business fundings in more than 540 unique industries.

Dan joined the company in 2010 and became Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company’s
Board of Directors in 2013. Under Dan’s leadership, CAN Capital recently broke the $5 billion mark in total
funds provided to small businesses and, for the third year in a row, made INC. Magazine’s list of the 5,000
fastest-growing private companies in America.

CAN Capital recently won top awards across five categories in the 2015 American Business Awards. Dan was awarded the Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in the Financial Services category.

Dan’s extensive background in the financial services industry is impressive. In addition to CAN Capital, he served for over a dozen years as a C-level officer at 1st Financial Bank USA and J.P. Morgan & Co. Dan has been responsible for all finance and accounting activities including planning, investment, management, portfolio and product pricing, and balance sheet management.

Dan graduated from New England College in 1981 with a BA in Business Administration and earned a MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickson University.

The event will be held in the Simon Center Great Room at 6:00 p.m., 98 Bridge Street in Henniker, New Hampshire. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Media are welcome to this event.

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain: NEC Concord Town Hall

September 8, 2015

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New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Joining Senator graham will be Senator John McCain.

NEC will host the Town Hall Meeting at its Concord, NH location, 42 Main Street, Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 1:00 PM.

Senator Graham’s Town Hall Meeting is the seventh in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring potential and announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). The event is free and the public is invited. #NHPSC2016.

Learn more about Senator Graham at

NEC Town Hall Meeting for Presidential Candidate John Kasich (R-Ohio)

August 25, 2015

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New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich, Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 12:30 PM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

Governor Kasich’s Town Hall Meeting is the sixth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring potential and announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). The event is free and the public is invited. #NHPSC2016.

Learn more about Gov. Kasich at

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