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Gavin Henning, Ph.D., elected President of Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

April 22, 2016

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New England College Associate Professor of Higher Education Gavin Henning, PhD, was recently selected President-Elect for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Dr. Henning is Director of the Doctorate of Education and the Master of Higher Education programs at NEC. He is a recognized higher education industry expert in assessment and the immediate past president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Read more in a recent article featured in University Chronicle.

Registration Open for Annual NEC Summer Institute for Educators

April 12, 2016

Posted in Event News Press Release

New England College will present its annual Summer Institute for Educators this coming June 23, 24, 27, and 28. The Institute will be held on NEC’s Henniker, NH campus. Course listings, Institute details, and registration are available at

Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Institute Director and Associate Dean of Education at New England College said “The Summer Institute for Educators is an outstanding professional opportunity for educators and pre-service teachers to further their knowledge and share their experiences and insights with colleagues.” Nitschke-Shaw noted that a wide range of intensive courses will be offered by highly skilled, active practitioners. “The Summer Institute for Educator’s focus is to present new research, innovative tools, and advanced teaching methods that enhance educational effectiveness and improve student learning.” All courses will be offered for either NEC graduate credits or for professional development contact hours.

This year’s course offerings include: “Developing Grit through Growth Mindset Education,” “Teaching Experientially: Using Intentional Instruction to Create Motivation in the Classroom,” “Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Action to Meet ESSA Requirements,” “ENGAGE Students in Science,” and “The Empowerment Classroom: How Student Voice and Partnership Can Improve Engagement, School Attachment and Learning.”

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New England College Partners with US Marine Corps

March 21, 2016

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Military focus and online programming seen as valuable benefit.

Military Friendly SchoolNew England College has been selected as one of a small group of colleges and universities to offer graduate education programs to Marine Corps officers. As part of the partnership between the United States Marine Corps’ College of Distance Education and Training organization and New England College, active-duty, reserve and veteran officers may transfer credits they earned in formal military education and apply those credits towards an MBA in Strategic Leadership or Master of International Relations degree.

New England College was founded 70 years ago with the mission to assist returning WWII veterans in obtaining an education that would pave the way to positive reentry and career success. As the college has grown, so has its commitment to serve the nation’s community of service men and women, veterans, and their families. New England College is a designated Yellow Ribbon college with multiple military-friendly recognitions.

“Service men and women receive exceptional experience in the field and through military schools and colleges,” said New England College’s Director of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Cindi Nadelman. Dr. Nadelman is a retired officer from the US Air Force and, in addition to working with veterans at the College, teaches computer information systems and business courses. “Since its founding in 1946, New England College has been a leader in supporting the academic interests of the military community. We recognize the relevance and applicability of military training and see it as a natural fit with our graduate programs.”

Retired officer and Associate Dean at the USMC’s College of Distance Education and Training organization, Dennis Haskin, agrees. “The credits, pricing, and convenience makes this program enticing. I know it will appeal to our Marines who desire a graduate degree in leadership or international relations. It’s a perfect match to build on experience they already have. We appreciate New England College’s commitment to the military and look forward to having our Marines take advantage of this educational opportunity.”

Marine Corps officers can quickly and cost-effectively earn a graduate degree from New England College’s accredited institution.

  • Officers who have completed Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) and Command and Staff College (CSC) may transfer up to 20 credits toward an MBA in Strategic Leadership or a Master of International Relations degree.
  • Due to the high quality and comprehensive nature of the EWS and CSC experience, New England College has offered the highest transfer amount currently recognized by any college or university in the United States.
  • For the convenience of Marines, both the MBA in Strategic Leadership and Master of International Relations programs will be delivered online.
  • The cost is expected to be completely covered for Marines with appropriate military education benefits.

For information on how to apply, go to, call 603.428.2252, or email

NEC Theatre to Present “The Dining Room”

March 18, 2016

Posted in Event News

The New England College Department of Theatre will present A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, April 14-16 at 7:30 pm and April 17 at 3:00 pm in the Mainstage Theatre.

A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force in which six performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.

Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity. “…hilarious and touching.” “…a thoughtful and superbly written comedy.” “The Dining Room serves a banquet of theatrical riches.”

We have a place at the table set for you. Be sure to join us.  Live music will be performed by the company 30 minutes prior to each performance, so come early and enjoy! For more information and to reserve your tickets visit: The Dining Room

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to Speak at New England College Commencement

March 15, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News Press Release Uncategorized

Poet Laureate Chard deNiord also Honored –

Hassan-Maggie-Governor2New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will speak at New England College’s 69th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Governor Hassan will congratulate the graduates and highlight the important role that they will continue to play in New Hampshire’s economy and vibrant civic society.  For her many contributions and service to the state, Governor Hassan will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.  The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the Simon Green located at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.

Governor Hassan is an exceptional leader in New Hampshire,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.  “She has dedicated her life to public service and is known for her ability to bring people together to solve problems and protect the state’s high quality of life.  I know she will inspire our entire community on this special day.”

“I am honored to join the New England College Class of 2016,” Governor Hassan said.  “I look forward to congratulating graduates and praising their investment in an education that will produce benefits for years to come.  I am confident that the hard work and dedication that these students have put into their education will have a lasting impact on the future of our communities and state.”

Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.  Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor has successfully developed two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets, launched an “Innovate NH” jobs plan, created greater access to healthcare, and has led efforts to modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure, among many other accomplishments.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission.  Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.  The Governor earned her BA from Brown University and her JD from the Northeastern School of Law.

Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of VermontAnother special guest at New England College’s Commencement will be Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of Vermont.  DeNiord is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire (1990), Sharp Golden Thorn (2003), Night Mowing (2005), The Double Truth (2011), Interstate (2015), and the book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs (2011).

For over a decade Chard deNiord taught at private schools while publishing poems.  He currently teaches at Providence College where he was named the tenth recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award.

Chard deNiord has a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College.  In 2002, he co-founded New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and led the program for five years.  For his artistic accomplishments and commitment to the teaching of literature and language, Chard deNiord will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Commencement.

Presidential Town Hall Meetings Shine Spotlight on NEC

February 8, 2016

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NEC Student asks Secretary Clinton a question during Clinton’s town hall meeting

As campaigning for the 2016 NH Presidential Primary comes to a close, Saturday’s town hall meeting with Secretary Hillary Clinton attracted national and international attention. According to New England College Professor of Political Science, Wayne Lesperance, “With Secretary Clinton’s visit today, New England College has now hosted every major candidate running for President in our First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary. New England College once again affirms it is where the road to the White House begins! We should all be proud of our college.”

Sponsored by New England College’s Center for Civic Engagement, the presidential, and other political candidate, town halls provide critical access and engagement for students and the community. Please visit the links below to see a small sampling of news coverage from the College’s recent town hall with Secretary Clinton:

Los Angeles Times | PBS NewsHour | CNN

NEC Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Chris Christie

January 28, 2016

Posted in Event News Press Release

Chris ChristieNew England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate Governor Chris Christie, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 4:00 PM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

Christie’s Town Hall Meeting is the thirteenth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring 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.

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NEC Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz

January 27, 2016

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Cruz-TedNew England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 10:00 AM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

Cruz’s Town Hall Meeting is the twelfth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring 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.

Learn more about Sen. Cruz at

NEC Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Martin O’Malley

January 20, 2016

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New England CollMartin O'Malleyege will host a Town Hall Meeting for Democratic presidential candidate Governor Martin O’Malley, Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 11:00 AM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

O’Malley’s Town Hall Meeting is the eleventh 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.

Learn more about Gov. O’Malley at

Acting Supreme Court Justice Addresses NEC Student Body

January 15, 2016

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January 21, 2016

New England College Alumnus Franc Perry Headlines Annual Event, Celebrates Diversity



On Wednesday, January 20, New England College began its 70th year with a reflection on its history and a celebration of diversity. The College’s annual Founders Day was highlighted by inspirational remarks by noted alumnus and current Acting Supreme Court Justice, W. Franc Perry, III. Judge Perry graduated from New England College in 1983 and later became the youngest member as well as the first African American to join the College’s Board of Trustees.

“Judge Perry embodies both the mission and the spirit of New England College,” said Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “He is the ideal role model for our students in that he has achieved tremendous professional success, has dedicated his life to public service, and continues to embrace the arts and humanities. Franc is the true product of a liberal arts education and is a perfect example of a life well lived. We are deeply honored that he continues to be engaged with New England College and we were thrilled to celebrate his return to Henniker as our Founders Day Speaker. Our students and indeed our entire community were moved upon hearing of his personal and professional journey.”

New England College was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 25 institutions nationally for growth in diversity of its student body. In 1990 NEC’s student population mirrored that of the State’s with 2% of its enrollment composed of students of color. Today, that number is above 35% for its undergraduate population and growing steadily through strategic outreach efforts. It is generally accepted that colleges with student populations made up of wide-ranging economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds provide an educationally stimulating experience for students. “We are proud to be a leader in our State and in our region for the richness of culture and experience our student body exemplifies,” continued President Perkins.

W. Franc Perry, III attended George Washington University’s National Law Center and concentrated in International Law. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree with Honors, Judge Perry worked as a medical malpractice defense attorney and was later appointed as a Principal Court Attorney to the Appellate Term, First Department of the State of New York. In 2001 Judge Perry took a sabbatical leave to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary where he concentrated in Church History and Homiletics. After becoming an ordained Pastor, Judge Perry returned to law as a Principal Court Attorney for the Manhattan Civil Court and was elected as a Judge of the Civil Court of the State of New York where he presided over Custody, Visitation, and Family Offense Cases. He was recently appointed Acting Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York. Judge Perry has served on numerous boards and been a role model for the community. On Founders Day he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.

The celebration of Founders Day was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of those who founded New England College. Founded 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 offers over 30 undergraduate programs, dozens of graduate and professional programs, and one doctorate program. Nearly 35% of New England College’s incoming on-campus undergraduate class identify themselves as students of color. The College also enjoys undergraduate enrollment that includes the highest percentage of African American students in the state.

Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Commencement in May and Convocation in September. The ceremony is designed to acknowledge the many accomplishments of the College, its students, faculty, and staff over the past year and was held in Bridges Gym on 14 Grove Street, Henniker.