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Assessment in Higher Education Conference Exceeds Expectations

May 18, 2017

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New Event Draws Hundreds From Over 55 Institutions.

Keynote Speaker Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, PhD

Keynote Speaker Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, PhD

On Wednesday New England College hosted an Assessment in Higher Education Conference and welcomed 2-3 times the typical amount of attendees than other conferences in this field. More than 250 faculty members, academic administrators, institutional research and academic affairs staff, and others in higher education participated in the new event to be part of the growing study of assessment.

“It’s great to have so many people interested in assessment,” said Dr. Gavin Henning, chair of the conference and Director of New England College’s Doctorate of Education Program. Dr. Henning and a cross-functional team at New England College started preparing for the event in December and began promoting it in early February.  Steadily the team saw interest in the event grow and eventually were faced with either closing registration early or making adjustments to accommodate the demand.  “We wanted the experience to be high quality,” reflects Dr. Henning, “so we added rooms and took the opportunity to include even more breadth to the program.” 

Employees from 59 different institutions attended the event, traveling from as far away as the University of South Florida and from as close by as Dartmouth College.

“I really like the variety of content that’s being offered,” said Griffin Labbance from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. “Regardless of how much time you have in higher ed, there is plenty here to learn from.”  The day-long conference included two keynote presentations, three time slots offering five concurrent seminars (see topic details below), and round table sessions led by various experts in the assessment field. 

Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik from San Diego State University and keynote speaker on “What Does Neuroscience Have to Do with Assessing Learning and Development?” commented on the new event’s popularity.  “More and more professionals in higher education are discovering significant value in this topic.  Although regional conferences like this typically draw 75-100 participants, there was obviously an eager audience ready in New England.  It was fabulous to be part of such an engaged group.”

The conference drew attendees primarily from the New England region, including members from community colleges, Boston University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Berklee College for Music, Quinnipiac University, Stonehill College, and the Universities of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The event was hosted at New England College and sponsored by Campus Labs, New England College Personnel Association, Region 1 of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and Stylus Publications.

Seminar Topics Included

  • Assessment Isn’t Rocket Science
  • How Can We Use Neuroscience to Foster Learning?
  • Success Metrics and Key Performance Indicators: Where to Start?
  • Implementing A Student Affairs Assessment Plan Through On-Going Professional Development
  • Assessment Encompasses Experiential Education Components for Students: Engagement, Intentionality, Conceptuality, and Ownership
  • Reporting and Sharing Assessment Results
  • Assessing Classroom Learning
  • Implementing a Departmental Self-Study
  • Assessing Online Learning
  • Assessing Program and Services Outside the Classroom
  • Building a Culture of Assessment
  • Collaborative Assessment Across Departments
  • Classroom Assessment Boosts Student Learning
  • Training Attention and Awareness: A Case Study
  • A Case Study in the Assessment of Contract Management
  • Departmental Self-Assessment: One Department’s Efforts, Challenges and Progress
  • Connecting the Curricular and Co-Curricular: Assessment Methods in and Outside of the Classroom

For information related to the conference’s speakers and seminars, please visit


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.


Acumen Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz to lead NEC Commencement

April 10, 2017

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

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

Acumen CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz

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

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

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

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

New England College’s 70th Commencement Ceremony:

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

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


Matthew Wood Named Academic VP at NEC

April 3, 2017

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Prominent NH Educator Matthew Wood Appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs at New England College.

After an extensive national search, New England College is pleased to announce that Matthew Wood has been appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs. Wood will join the College on June 1.

Wood has served as President of White Mountains Community College, in Berlin, NH, since 2014. He has successfully introduced and implemented important strategic changes at WMCC, expanding student access, growing partnerships, re-energizing the college, and increasing enrollment. Previously, Wood served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, NH. At NHTI, his responsibilities included all non-traditional learning platforms and programs.

“I am thrilled that Matt has accepted the opportunity to join us at New England College and look forward to working with him,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “Matt possesses a strong record of achievement and success at all levels of education, and is highly respected in New Hampshire and the region. During his visits to campus Matt connected strongly with the NEC community and enthusiastically embraced NEC’s core educational commitments to experiential learning, civic engagement, and the environment.”

In addition, Wood will soon be an alumnus of the College. He is a student in NEC’s Doctorate of Education program, and will be graduating in May.

“After spending three years as a doctoral student, I came to realize how special a place New England College is,” said Wood. “The quality of instruction from both full and part-time professors is impressive, and I am looking forward to contributing as much as I can to further the mission of the college. I am very excited and honored to become a Pilgrim.”

Wood was born and raised in Meredith, NH, and attended local public schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at UNH and a master’s degree in environmental science at the University of Colorado. Wood worked as a research scientist for the Center for Environmental Sciences in Denver and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder. He then decided to return to New Hampshire and worked at the NH Department of Environmental Services, specializing in air pollution control.

Wood first taught at the New Hampton School, a private boarding school. He taught physics, coached basketball and golf, and discovered his true passion: education. Wood furthered his career, becoming a professor of physics and mathematics at NHTI.


NEC to Host Pathways to Success Alumnae Forum

March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Debbie Spring Reed ’60

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

Astrid Williams ’81

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

Dyan Goodwin ’82

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

Kim Costello Lesko ’85

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

Ariane Trimuschat ’88

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

About the President’s Speaker Series:

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


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

January 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

What:  Digital Equity Press Conference

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

When:  Friday, February 3, 2017 @ Noon

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

Read more about this conference.

National Collaborative for Digital Equity

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.


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.

Connect the Dots: Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis

October 26, 2016

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An informative and interactive panel event

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00-7:30 p.m.
62 North Main Street, Concord, NH (New England College’s downtown location)

Panelists* and Moderator

  • John Broderick, former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court and advocate for the Change Direction campaign to make the five most common signs of mental illness as widely known as the signs of a heart attack or stroke.
  • Peter Evers, MSW, CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health, and former clinician with extensive experience in the human services and mental health fields.
  • Paul Dann, PhD, Program Director of the New England College master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Executive Director of NFI North, a multi service behavioral health organization.
  • Michele Merritt, JD, MPA, Policy Director of New Futures, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to prevent and reduce substance abuse problems.
  • Scott Spradling, an Emmy award winning media leader, consultant, and moderator.
* panelists are subject to change

Our mental health can be compromised by so many things like sudden loss, complex trauma, chronic illness, co-occurring disorders, and more. Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, people often turn to alternative substances and begin a dangerous cycle that adds even more challenges to their lives and the lives of others.  Come learn about the connection between mental health and addiction, and get insightful strategies from those who know.

This event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for anyone caring for those struggling with mental health or addiction. Are you a friend or family member who has experienced these issues personally?  Are you an employer, co-worker, teacher, or coach who wants to make your school or workplace more sensitive?  Are you considering a profession in clinical mental health or already in the field?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us and help to craft the path forward.  Attendees will be able to gain new insights and share their own thoughts and ideas as we work together to advance the well-being of our community.

Sponsored by:

  • New England College’s Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a highly respected and innovative leader in the education, training and development of master’s level clinicians.
  • Riverbend Community Mental Health is a private, non-profit organization providing specialized behavioral health services in central New Hampshire since 1963. Learn more at

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.