Election-related poll series will track State’s ballot leaders
In the immediate aftermath of New Hampshire’s 2014 primary elections, voters appear to be favoring incumbent candidates for now. According to the latest results of the New England College Poll, however, in most races Republican challengers are within striking distance. In a polling sample of 630 registered, likely voters, the incumbent candidate leads in each race with the largest margin in the Governor’s race, and most narrow margin in the First Congressional District.
“With less than eight weeks until election day there are no contests out of reach for the challengers,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Professor of Political Science at New England College and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement which includes the New England College Polling Institute. “It is clear from our poll results that incumbents are enjoying an advantage over their challengers.”
United States Senate
In perhaps the most watched race of the cycle for US Senate, democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen leads republican challenger Scott Brown 51% to 40.2%. 4.5% of respondents would prefer another candidate and 4.2% are unsure.
“This is the race that has captured national attention,” said Lesperance. “Senator Shaheen’s margin is significant but not insurmountable. With the general election less than a week old, Scott Brown has his work cut out for him.”
Of the two congressional races, the first Congressional District has the narrowest margin between democratic Representative Carol Shea-Porter (46%) and former Representative and republican Frank Guinta (41.6%). 6.5% said they preferred another candidate while 5.9% of respondents were not sure who they would support.
“There’s no question this is the tightest margin among the races in the Granite State,” said Lesperance. “And in such a close race, voters should expect to see the candidates in a pitched battle for every vote.”
The second Congressional District results show democratic Representative Anne McClane Kuster over republican challenger Marilinda Garcia 49.6% to 36.7%. Respondents preferring another candidate were at 6.1% with 7.6% not sure about who they will support.
According to Lesperance, “Representative Kuster’s lead among respondents at just under 13% represents quite a challenge to Garcia. But, in a district that leans democratic and features a relative newcomer in Garcia, this race is closer than some might expect.”
In the race for New Hampshire Governor, respondents preferred democratic Governor Maggie Hassan to republican challenger Walt Havenstein 51.3% to 36.2%. 3.9% indicated they would vote for another candidate and 8.6% said they were not sure.
“With one exception in recent memory, voters have rewarded the incumbent Governor with a second term. At this point in the race, Governor Hassan’s lead appears to indicate voters are not ready to replace her with Walt Havenstein,” explained Lesperance.
Presidential Job Performance
Finally, the New England College poll asked respondents to rate President Obama’s job performance. 48.4% indicated they either approved or somewhat approved while 48.3% indicated they disapproved or somewhat disapproved. Only 3.2% indicated they had no opinion.
According to Dr. Lesperance, “the results are a tie for all intents and purposes. President Obama, as the leader of the democratic party, will have no coattail effect in the Granite State and might have an undertow effect on democrats with his job performance approval at under 50%.”
This New England College Poll was conducted over two days, September 10 and 11, 2014. The sample of 630 respondents was pulled from a list of registered voters in New Hampshire and conducted using Interactive Voice Response technology, an automated polling system. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 3.98%
New England College will poll regularly between now and election day, November 4, 2014.
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Guest Jeff Boyd To Kick Off 2014 President’s Speaker Series
September 11, 2014Posted in Event News Press Release
Chairman & Former CEO of Priceline Group, Inc.
On Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm, New England College students and faculty will host the Priceline Group, Inc. Chairman and former CEO Jeff Boyd for a community event. Kicking off the 2014 President’s Speaker Series at NEC, Jeff will discuss his various experiences in business.
Jeff Boyd is currently chairman of Priceline Group, Inc. the world leader in online accommodation reservations. Since 2000, Jeff has served Priceline as General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer and, for 11 years, Chief Executive Officer. Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, The Priceline Group is composed of six primary brands – Booking.com, priceline.com, agoda.com, KAYAK, OpenTable, and rentalcars.com, as well as several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel and reservation services in over 200 countries and territories in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. (Nasdaq: PCLN)
Prior to joining Priceline, Jeff held positions as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Oxford Health Plans, Inc. and Assistant General Counsel of Lord Abbett & Co., an investment advisory firm. He also practiced law with the Connecticut law firm of Robinson & Cole and with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Melbourne, Australia.
Jeff began his undergraduate work at New England College, and received his BA in Government from St. Lawrence University in 1978 and his JD from Cornell Law School in 1981. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Bankrate.com, Inc., and the Board of Trustees of The Brunswick School located in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2004 Jeff was elected a Term Trustee of St. Lawrence University and is currently serving as their Chair of the Board of Trustees.
“Jeff Boyd has personal ties to New England College and we look forward to welcoming him back to campus,” said NEC President Michele Perkins. “He has accomplished many amazing things in his life and we’re thrilled to have him share his story as our next President’s Speaker Series guest.”
The event will be held in the Simon Center Great Room, 98 Bridge Street in Henniker, New Hampshire, streamed live for off-campus viewing benefit, and recorded. Seating will be made available on a first come, first served basis. Media are welcome to this event.
Debates and political meetings in both Henniker & Concord
With a unique draw for politics and civic engagement, New England College continues to roll out the red carpet for elected officials, candidates, and key thought leaders in the region. In Concord, both Democrat and Republican parties are leveraging the convenient downtown NEC Concord location to host state party gatherings, Senate candidate meetings, House Caucus training, and party platform discussions. At New England College’s main campus in Henniker, gubernatorial, congressional and state senate engagement is happening on a regular basis, giving the small liberal arts college an extra hum of activity and excitement.
“I love having so much access to political candidates,” said Amanda Biundo, a junior at NEC double-majoring in political science and communications. “We get so many opportunities to ask questions and be in front of the movers and shakers. It’s an experience my friends at other colleges don’t have.”
On Wednesday, September 3 @ 3:00 pm, in the Lee Clement Ice Arena, Congressional Candidate Marilinda Garcia and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway will visit with New England College students to encourage engagement in the political process and answer common questions related to campaigning. Media are welcome to this event.
On Thursday, September 4 @ 6:00 pm, in the Simon Center Great Room, NEC will host the NH State Senate District 15 Democratic Primary Debate between Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes. Media are welcome to this event.
“We’re thrilled to provide so many civic engagement opportunities to New England College students,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Professor of Political Science at NEC and Director of the College’s Center for Civic Engagement. “Our campus is a perfect location for candidates and political leaders to meet young people and experience a true New England conversation. Everyone wins when they visit NEC.”
New England College Looks Forward to Reinstating Ski Program
Recruitment for Full Time Coach Underway
New England College will reinstate NCAA varsity alpine skiing beginning with the ski season of 2015-16. In addition, NEC will hire a full-time coach in the fall of 2014. The ski coach will recruit throughout the upcoming academic year as New England College plans to field competitive squads in both men’s and women’s alpine racing.
“The alpine skiing program and the College’s proximity to Pats Peak allow for a unique opportunity for New England College to renew its commitment to skiing,” said President Michele Perkins.
New England College will have its home training course at the local Henniker mountain, Pats Peak. Pats Peak will provide the perfect atmosphere for training with some of the longest and steepest pitches in southern New Hampshire. The mountain is conveniently located just minutes from the College. The U.S. National Slalom Championships were held at Pats Peak in 1974. Today, Pats Peak features one of the highest capacity computer controlled snowmaking systems per acre in the Northeast.
The history of skiing at New England College is a long and storied one. In 1967 the first men’s ski team was started at New England College. The team raced as a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Division II until 1972 when the team became Division I. In 1974 the men’s ski team became the first program in NEC history to qualify for an NCAA national tournament. The women’s team was also established in 1967 and began skiing at the Division I level in 1980. The men’s and women’s teams eventually combined for seven NCAA championship appearances. NEC currently has 13 alumni (two women and 11 men) who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
NEC will compete as the tenth member of the MacConnell Division of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference. The MacConnell Division schools are members of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and emphasize the team performance concept. Conference qualifiers participate in the USCSA regional events and may qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing Championships.
About New England College
New England College emphasizes experiential learning as an essential component in the development of an enduring academic community. Building upon a strong liberal arts foundation, we challenge our students to reach their full potential through informed discourse and the pursuit of excellence in a framework of academic freedom. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Teacher Education Program (and the majors in Elementary Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education) are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.
AutoFair President Andy Crews Presented Honorary Degree Hood From New England College
July 1, 2014Posted in Press Release Uncategorized
On Thursday, June 26 New England College presented Andy Crews, President and CEO of AutoFair, a framed hood for his many contributions in the state of New Hampshire. The hood represents the Honorary Degree of Humane Letters that was awarded to Mr. Crews in January during New England College’s annual Founders Day celebration. Founders Day is a campus tradition that gathers students, parents, staff and faculty to honor the College’s founding members and acknowledge its’ achievements.
Andy Crews is President and Chief Executive Officer of AutoFair, a New Hampshire-based business consisting of a number of auto dealership franchises. In 2009, Andy was honored as one of the Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” for his significant business achievements and his community leadership philosophy. Andy’s resume is long with military service, board memberships, and philanthropic involvement, and reads like a truly American story of success.
“It is an honor to present Andy Crews with this framed doctoral hood,” said Dr. Michele Perkins, President, New England College. “Andy’s dedication and contributions to the state are remarkable and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize him.”
“Andy Crews has been an incredible success story for the city of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire,” said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. “He’s hard working in his profession and in his commitment to serving the community. Being recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments and receiving an honorary degree from New England College – one of our state’s hidden jewels – is a great honor I know Andy will cherish.”
Andy’s employees proudly applaud his achievements. “Andy is an entrepreneur, a leader, a goal-oriented, make-it-happen type guy,” said employee Jason LaCroix, General Manager of AutoFair Honda. “Since joining the AutoFair Team in 2006, Andy has been the driving force in growing the business from three franchise dealerships to seven, and employing over 550 people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Andy is a great inspiration to all of us. He is a self-made man starting in the business as a technician and working through all the ranks. He has become a great leader in the community working with local and statewide charities, community leaders and supporting everyone around him.”
The celebration of Founders Day at New England College was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of the founding faculty, administration, and students of the 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. Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Convocation in September and Commencement in May.
New England College Hires Prominent Enrollment Leader
June 11, 2014Posted in Press Release
New England College has hired one of the state’s best enrollment management leaders. Brad Poznanski will join the college July 1 and brings valuable experience in all elements related to college admission and enrollment management. As NEC’s Vice President of Enrollment, Brad will lead enrollment strategy and operations, and oversee undergraduate and graduate admissions, including online, hybrid, and low residency programs.
In his 35 year career, Brad has been a respected and successful Vice President for Enrollment Management at both Saint Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University. Earlier positions include Director of Admission and Financial Aid at SNHU, Director of Admission at Rivier College, and Assistant Director of Admission at Curry College.
“I am thrilled to have Brad part of our team,” said NEC President Michele Perkins. “He has a wealth of knowledge that New England College will benefit from, and comes to us highly recommended.” Last week Brad received the 2014 Harry R. Carroll Distinguished Service Award by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC). This award recognizes college admission counseling professionals whose contributions and achievements merit special recognition and is the association’s highest annual award.
“It’s a great pleasure for me to join New England College,” said Brad Poznanski. “The College has a strong foundation and excellent academic reputation and I look forward to being part of sharing its message with future students.”
Brad is a trustee of Granite State Management and Resources, a member of the advisory board of Bishop Guertin High School, a past-president of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling, and served as the elected representative to the College Board National Guidance and Admission Assembly Council. Brad is a frequent presenter at regional and national professional meetings on topics related to college admission and enrollment management. He earned a BS from Springfield College, and MS from Rivier College. Brad and his wife, Brenda, reside in Nashua, NH.
New England College to Induct Four Former Student-Athlete Standouts into Athletic Hall of Fame
June 4, 2014Posted in Press Release
New England College is proud to announce the 2014 inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This year New England College will honor four former student-athletes whose outstanding character and ability have contributed to the ongoing success of the New England College Athletic Program.
NEC will recognize two former men’s ice hockey athletes, including Dennis “Red” Gendron who graduated in 1979 and more recent graduate Jeremy Koning who garnered his diploma in 2006.
Dennis “Red” Gendron was a leader on defense for the Pilgrims from 1975-79 and served as a team captain in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. For his career Gendron totaled 92 points, including 31 goals and 61 assists, leading the Pilgrims in assists in both 78-79 and 75-76 seasons. In addition to his time on the ice Gendron was three-year memeber of the baseball team.
Jeremy Koning was also a leader on offense over his four seasons with the Pilgrims. Koning totaled 143 points, including 53 goals and 90 assists during his time as a Pilgrim. He led the team to 76 wins from 2002-2006, including an Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) East Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.
Koning garnered several awards in 2005-06, including JOFA Second Team East All-American, ECAC East First Team All-Conference, New England Hockey Writers’ All-Star and All-U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Second Team.
NEC is also proud to recognize the Hall of Fame’s first women’s ice hockey inductee, 2008 graduate Elizabeth Ross. Ross was a two sport athlete at New England College excelling in both women’s ice hockey and softball for the Pilgrims.
On the ice Ross led the Pilgrims to 53 wins over four seasons, leading the team in scoring both her sophomore and junior seasons. Ross currently holds the program record for most career goals finishing with 60 and is tied for the school record in career points with 130. Ross was named to the ECAC East All-Honorable Mention Team in both 2006 and in 2007.
On the diamond Ross anchored the Pilgrim outfield seeing the bulk of her time at the center field position. Ross finished her career hitting .310 with 130 hits 86 runs scored and 56 stolen bases. She was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Second Team All-Conference in 2006 and 2007 and was named to the CCC All Honorable Mention Team in 2008.
Rounding out the inductees will be field hockey and softball standout Amanda Lester. Lester graduated from New England College in 2008 and played four seasons of both field hockey and softball.
On the field hockey field Lester helped lead the Pilgrims to 61 wins, four CCC Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Lester is the current record holder at NEC for most goals and most points in a single season and holds the career records in both points and in goals completing her career with 94 goals and 212 points.
Lester was named National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) First Team All-American in 2007, NFHCA Third Team All-American in 2006 and was named CCC First Team All-Conference in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Lester was a four-year catcher for the Pilgrims in softball. She hit .323 for her career with 136 hits and 77 runs scored. Lester was named CCC First Team All-Conference in 2008 and CCC All-Honorable Mention Team in 2006.
The inductees will be honored during New England College’s Homecoming Weekend which will be held September 26-28. For more information or to reserve your spot please email the Advancement Office at email@example.com or call 603.428.2398.
New England College Graduates First Doctoral Class
May 16, 2014Posted in Press Release
New England College will graduate its first doctoral class at the 67th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Nineteen students will receive their Doctor of Education degrees, with concentrations in Higher Education Administration or K-12 Leadership. The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Lee Clement Arena located at 38 Grove Street in Henniker, NH.
“Our commencement is especially thrilling this year as we confer the first doctoral degrees ever awarded at New England College,” said NEC President Michele Perkins. “We are excited for all our graduates and look forward to celebrating their achievements this Saturday!”
The Doctorate of Education program was a natural addition for the College that already had successful Masters programs in Education and Higher Education Administration. A Doctorate in Education satisfied an increasing demand of students seeking to deepen their knowledge and skill base by earning a terminal degree.
“The work produced by this inaugural doctorate class is sensational,” said Gavin Henning, Professor and Director of Doctorate Education Programs. “Our students have been working on research that will significantly impact students and educational organizations at all levels.”
Launched in 2011, the Doctor of Education program accepts roughly 20 students each fall. The class creates cohorts – small collegial groups – that are encouraged to optimize teaching and advising resources, leverage the diverse professional experience of fellow students, and support one another throughout the program. This very intense cohort model is a hallmark of the program and something all students find valuable. “I did a lot of research before choosing this particular program for my doctorate,” said Amy Lyon, a student in the first class and one of this year’s commencement speakers. “I chose the New England College program because of its cohort model, curriculum and connection with faculty.” Amy is a fifth grade teacher at Sutton Central School, New Hampshire. She developed a curriculum to teach three components of grit – optimism, self-control, and perseverance.Because of her ground-breaking work, Amy was invited to participate in a yearlong think tank with MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Angela Duckworth, a nationally renowned researcher of the grit concept. Amy’s dissertation topic is, Teaching and Fostering Qualities Related to Grit.
A few other candidate snapshots include:
Thomas Horgan: Tom is the President and CEO of the New Hampshire College & University Council, a statewide not-for-profit consortium of public and private colleges and universities. A recognized leader on higher education issues, Tom was selected by Business NH Magazine as one of New Hampshire’s Leaders for the 21st Century.
Dissertation Topic: The Emergence of Nontraditional College Presidents at Small, Private Colleges in New England
Marie Ortaliz: Marie is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and the Founder of the Marie Ortaliz Center, Inc., an organization that provides seminars to aid in the improvement of nursing care by keeping current with changes in healthcare and complying with nursing related standards. In January, Marie participated in a medical mission in the Philippines through the Philippine Nurses Association of New York (PNANY) and the Balik-Turo Project, an initiative of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. In June Marie will receive the 2014 Philippine Nurses Association of American (PNAA)Nurse Educator of the Year Award.
Dissertation Topic: Impact of Preceptor Training on Effectiveness of Preceptors in Delivery of Skills and Knowledge to Nurse Orientees
NEC Commencement Speaker Announced
April 25, 2014Posted in Press Release
Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president emeritus of Saint Anselm College, will speak at New England College’s 67th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Father Jonathan will speak on the value of a liberal arts education, and his long tenure of successful leadership at a liberal arts institution. For his many contributions and service to the state, Father Jonathan will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa. The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the Simon Green located at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.
“Father Jonathan is an exceptional leader in New Hampshire,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “We’ve worked together on a number of initiatives and I admire his commitment and loyalty to education, particularly the liberal arts. Everyone who knows Father Jonathan knows how dedicated he is to preserving the values of higher education and to ensuring the success of college students everywhere. I know he will be an important part of our celebration.”
“I am honored by New England College’s invitation,” said Father DeFelice. “Commencement is an important milestone for graduates, and I look forward to celebrating their considerable accomplishments during this special ceremony.”
Father Jonathan is the longest serving college president in New Hampshire, leading Saint Anselm for over two decades. Throughout his work he has emphasized the need for academic and extracurricular pursuits that balance with spiritual growth, and underscore the value of a liberal arts education. A member of the Saint Anselm Class of 1969, Father Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, served as a theology instructor, dean of students, assistant to the academic dean, dean of freshmen, as well as associate director of Campus Ministry.
Father Jonathan has served as chair of both the New Hampshire Colleges and University Council and the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission. He served two terms as a Commissioner for the regional accrediting association, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and has chaired a number of accreditation visits in the region. He was a founding member of the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Forum on Higher Education (now NH Forum on the Future), and in 2012 New Hampshire Governor John Lynch appointed him as a director of the New England Board of Higher Education. Nationally, Father Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and represents the Association of Catholic College and Universities on the Board of the American Council on Education, the largest association and coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions. Father Jonathan served as founding chair of Campus Compact, a state and national initiative focused on service learning.
Another special guest at Commencement will be James T. Brett, President and Chief Executive Officer of The New England Council. Mr. Brett will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, for his exceptional leadership representing New England organizations that work together to promote economic growth and high quality of life in the region. He has been a leading voice in advocating for public policy issues such as health care, education, financial services, and energy throughout New England and Washington, D.C. Before joining the Council, Mr. Brett served for more than fifteen years as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He held a succession of important leadership positions, including the chairmanship of two of the most significant committees in the Massachusetts legislature, Banking and the Committee on Taxation. In these positions, he brought together various constituencies to create economic opportunity for the Commonwealth’s citizens and businesses.
Upcoming College Graduates Network in Boston
April 1, 2014Posted in Press Release
New England College students who are just a few weeks away from graduation participated in a day of networking and career information with successful alumni working in Boston. Initiated by Dan Lynch ’85, Senior Vice President at Natixis Global Asset Management and member of the New England College Board of Trustees, this opportunity is a great example of New England College’s commitment to using experiential learning to provide added value beyond traditional college education. “We are at a point in our careers where we can really appreciate how critical our New England College education was to our foundation,” said Dan Lynch. “We’re passionate about paying it forward and supporting the future alumni of NEC.”
Leading the group of students was Gene Durkee, Director of Career and Life Planning at New England College. “Interacting in a professional environment with successful NEC graduates is a real confidence-builder and power-start to a job search,” said Gene. “Students need to get first-hand information and possible interview scenarios from real people. The NEC alumni professionals understand the circumstances and provided several settings to practice common networking and interview interactions. Our students are now even more prepared to take on the world!”
“It was a great experience,” says Raymoan Clay, New England College Business major in the Class of 2014. “Dan Lynch offered to help me with industry exams and certifications which I know I will benefit from immensely. It was amazing that we got to meet these alums who were more than willing to help us get started in our career.” Mark Watman, Vice President for Academic Affairs at New England College also noted, “This is a perfect example of the type of community wide investment New England College places in our curriculum by having students, alumni, trustees, staff and faculty all invest in the professional goals of our students.”
The day featured presentations and tours by the following successful New England College alumni:
- Gary DeSimone ’85, Director of Marketing at John Hancock LTC Insurance
- Dan Lynch ’85, Senior VP at Natixis Global Asset Management
- Dyan Goodwin ’82, Managing Director at Bank of America/U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management
- Jay Gardner ’81, Owner of the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, a popular restaurant on Boylston Street
The participating New England College students included:
- Jesse Ostring, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Marketing
- Jillian Zanine, Class of 2014, Business Administration
- Raymoan Clay, Class of 2014, Business Administration
- Ivan Delic, Class of 2014, Business Administration and Psychology
- Agnes Fotino, Class of 2015, Business Administration/Accounting
- Courtney Joyal, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Accounting
- Miranda Murphy, Class of 2014, Communication Studies
- Courtney Manseau, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Accounting
- Louisa Carroll, Class of 2014, Communication Studies
- William Dynan, Class of 2014, Business Administration
- Artur Kochuev, Class of 2013, Business Administration
There is always something interesting going on at New England College. Whether it’s media alerts and press releases, interviews or special on-campus excitement, we aim to keep you informed and engaged.
- Morgan Smith: VP of Advancement and Communications