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New England College Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in Its History

August 24, 2017

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Nearly 500 first-year students arrive at Henniker campus – the most diverse group of students attending any New Hampshire college or university.

Three months after New England College celebrated the largest graduating class in its 70-year history, the College will welcome the largest incoming class ever.

More than 490 new students begin class on New England College’s Henniker campus beginning August 25 with a welcoming convocation event to kick off the new semester. “During the past year applications to the College, visits to the campus, and interest from transfer students increased significantly,” says New England College President Michele Perkins. “There are a number of factors at play here.  New England College’s academic and athletic programs are expanding, we recently opened a new academic building, the John Lyons Center, and will soon break ground on the Putnam Center for the Performing Arts.  All of this means an even richer and more rewarding college experience for our students. Clearly, the word is out that New England College is a great institution.”

In addition, NEC proudly enrolls the most diverse student population in New Hampshire. The college’s enrollment currently stands at 36% diversity, several times higher than many schools in northern New England. Incoming students will be arriving at NEC from as far away as Alaska, California, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Montana, and as nearby as New England, including 105 students from New Hampshire. The College will also welcome a significant number of international students from a diverse range of countries including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

As a result of strong enrollment results New England College has creatively avoided having to take the drastic financial steps some other small, private colleges have in recent years – despite the shrinking number of college-age students and growing concerns about student debt levels. “We are pleased to report that our generous scholarships and grants make it possible for students to afford to attend. We do whatever is possible to fit the budgets of a wide variety of families, and students tell us the school offers great value to them,” explains President Perkins.  “Private, non-profit colleges like ours are NOT out of reach financially. They have a wonderful track record of graduating students prepared for the real world – we embrace the liberal arts while incorporating engaged and experiential learning in a small classroom setting, taught by talented and  supportive faculty.”

Admittedly, there have been a few growing pains, as NEC officials needed to reorganize staff offices, renovate a few of the smaller buildings and order more residence hall furniture to accommodate this record-setting class. That work is complete and the school is ready to officially welcome all incoming students, totaling close to 1100 students, for the first full day of classes on August 28th.



Adam Kapner Named to New England College Board of Trustees

April 25, 2017

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Adam B. Kapner, BA ’02, Member of the New England College Board of Trustees

New England College is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to the Board of Trustees, Mr. Adam B. Kapner ’02. Kapner joins a diverse group of accomplished professionals and alumni committed to the long-term success of New England College’s students – past, present, and future.

Kapner is the founder and owner of NYC Apartment Management, Inc., which he established in 2013. The company has grown quickly and now manages 20 co-operative, brownstone, condominium, and rental buildings. A talented real estate entrepreneur and executive with an extensive understanding of the New York real estate market, Kapner has 15 years of real estate and property management experience in Manhattan, the Hamptons, and the Tri-State area.

Kapner has served on NEC’s President’s Advisory Board since 2016. “We are delighted to have Adam Kapner join the New England College Board of Trustees,” said Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “Adam’s business expertise, his entrepreneurial success, and his first-hand knowledge and experience as an alumnus of NEC make him an excellent addition to our Board.”

A 2002 graduate of New England College, Kapner earned a BA in Business Administration, was a member of NEC’s ski team, and served as a White House Intern for President Bill Clinton. Kapner lives in New York City with his wife and their son.


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.

NEC Selected to Attend White House Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit

January 4, 2017

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The College is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for commitment to further the innovative use of technology in the classroom.

Dr. Robert McLaughlin, associate dean and chair of education at New England College, was selected to attend the Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit at The White House.

Dr. Robert McLaughlin, associate dean and chair of education at New England College, was selected to attend the Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit at The White House.

The New England College division of education was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit. The summit, held at The White House in mid-December, selected NEC for its commitment to further the innovative use of technology to support the learning of pre-service teachers.

Fifty thought leaders on improving the preparation of the nation’s future educators to use technology effectively for student learning were invited to participate, including Dr. Robert McLaughlin, associate dean and chair of education at New England College.

“The White House Summit was a tremendous opportunity for us to learn from what some of the nation’s most exciting colleges of education are doing to prepare educators to teach children who are growing up in the digital age,” said Dr. McLaughlin. “While we are thrilled to be acknowledged for our leading work in preparing teachers, we are equally excited about drawing on what we’ve learned from others at the summit to continue to provide exceptional teacher preparation programs.”

“America’s pre-service teachers must be prepared to use technology effectively in the classroom,” said Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology. “We are excited by the commitment of New England College to ensure their pre-service teachers have opportunities to actively use technology to support learning and teaching through creation, collaboration, and problem solving.”

The Summit brought together researchers, schools of education, support organizations and other stakeholders in the field to advance critical goals for educational technology in teacher preparation programs, as outlined in the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. Summit attendees formed three task forces to sustain collaboration and national dissemination of promising practices. Dr. McLaughlin was appointed co-chair of a task force to identify ways to build the capacity of educator preparation programs to provide sustained faculty development to strengthen their own use and modeling of learning technology.


History of New England College Published

December 13, 2016

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Authored by NEC Professor Cynthia Burns Martin, a new history of New England College has been published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Campus History Series. The book is available at the NEC Bookstore (online and on-campus), Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other retailers.

According to Professor Martin the book was “a labor of love for the entire community.” She said thatNew England College by Cynthia Burns Martin with forward by Alexander "Lex" Scourby - The Campus History Series the Henniker Historical Society, the Hillsborough Historical Society, the Danforth Library at NEC, and long-time local residents, faculty, and staff all contributed to the effort, including locating and identifying photos. “NEC students James Carlson ’16, Pei-Sien Poh’16, and Yuman He ’16 were critical to the editorial process and did wonderful work,” noted Professor Martin.

Throughout its history, New England College has been recognized for innovative academic programs and leadership in experiential education. Founded in 1946 to offer educational opportunities to veterans eager to return to the workforce, the college pioneered an accelerated and demanding three-year degree program. From the earliest years to the present day, the faculty has included practitioners active in their fields and fostered learning partnerships with external organizations.

In recent years, the college has effectively utilized technological advancements to extend the reach of its creative and supportive learning community, while still challenging individuals to transform themselves and their world, maintaining a curriculum focused on experiential learning, and fostering collaborative relationships among members of the community.

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.

New England College Partners with TurboVote for Upcoming Election

September 27, 2016

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New England College Partners with TurboVote for Upcoming ElectionNew England College has partnered with TurboVote for the upcoming 2016 presidential election. TurboVote is a web based service that will help students request voter registration materials and absentee ballots online.  Provided by the non-profit organization Democracy Works, Inc., TurboVote can also send election reminders and poll closings via text message.

Students interested in taking advantage of this resource can go to, answer a few simple questions, and be ready to have their voices heard on Election Day. Faculty, staff, alumni, and other community members are also able to benefit from the TurboVote partnership.

“New England College has always been committed to civic engagement,” said Inez McDermott, Co-Director of New England College’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership. “We encourage our students to meet candidates, discuss issues, and participate in the electoral process. TurboVote makes it more convenient for people to register, to vote absentee, and to become involved citizens.”

This free service was made possible by New England College’s association with Project Pericles, a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to civic and social engagement. For more information visit,, or contact Inez McDermott at

Democracy Works, Inc.

Democracy Works, Inc. is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans. TurboVote is their online service that was developed to help every American vote in every election – local, state, and national.  Launched in 2010, Democracy Works has partnered with over 200 institutions of higher education and 30 nonprofits and organizations.

September 27, 2016

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 Announces Addition of Wrestling as a Varsity Sport

September 9, 2016

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Henniker, N.H. – New England College Athletic Director, Lou Izzi, is pleased to announce the addition of wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2016-17 season.

“This is an exciting time for New England College and our athletic department,” states Izzi.  “We have been evaluating the addition of men’s wrestling for the past year as part of our strategic plan to increase enrollment and continue to expand the geographic diversity of our student population.  We now have the opportunity to launch this program as our sixteenth NCAA-sponsored sport and compete as a full member of the NEWA.”

NEC will be a member of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) and will begin varsity competition this November.  Members of the NEWA include, in-state opponent Plymouth State University, neighboring University of Southern Maine and Norwich University, plus 11 other institutions.

NEC is in the process of a hiring a full-time head coach. With the addition of wrestling, NEC will boast 15 varsity sports in competition in 2016-17 and move to 16 in 2017-18 when women’s volleyball begins varsity competition.

“On behalf of the executive board of the NEWA and all the members of the league, we are excited to welcome New England College as a full-fledged member of the conference,” stated NEWA president Scott Honecker.  “It is fantastic to add another collegiate wrestling opportunity in New Hampshire where the wrestling culture is growing rapidly.  We are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with the administration and the future coaching staff as they embark on this new challenge.”