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AutoFair President Andy Crews Presented Honorary Degree Hood From New England College

July 1, 2014

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Andy Crews and President Perkins

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 Hosts Senator Sylvia Larsen

April 24, 2014

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As part of its popular President’s Speaker Series, New England College will host New Hampshire State Senator Sylvia Larsen on Monday, April 28 at 6 PM.

Senator Larsen 2014

Senator Sylvia Larsen

Demonstrating its long-standing commitment to civic engagement, New England College’s Center for Civic Engagement hosts the President’s Speaker Series to bring influential leaders from all industries to campus.  Students join the community in asking candid questions, learning about topical issues, and having access to outside perspectives.  During Presidential elections, the Center for Civic Engagement hosts a national College Convention, sharing extraordinary access to the State’s first in the nation primary activity.  The Center also oversees the NEC Polling Institute which has become a popular resource for national and local media and private clientele looking to gather important data.  New England College offers a rich Masters in Public Policy program and continues to steward important relationships with organizations and individuals involved in industries such as government, politics, and civic service.

Senator Larsen is serving her tenth term representing District 15 which includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner.  For the 2013-14 legislative session, Senator Larsen serves as the Vice Chairman of the Capital Budget Committee and member of the Senate Finance and Joint Fiscal Committees.  She is the Senate Minority Leader and was New Hampshire’s longest serving female Senate President from 2006-2010.  For two of those years, Senator Larsen led the nation’s first legislative body that included a majority of women, with 13 out of 24 senators being female.

“We are thrilled that Senator Larsen will be joining us at New England College to speak about her experiences and ideas,” said Michel Perkins, New England College President.

Senator Larsen will address students, faculty, staff and community members in the Simon Center Great Room in the center of New England College’s campus.


About Sylvia Larsen

In the course of her 20 years in the Senate, Sylvia Larsen was the prime sponsor of a first-in-the-nation tax-free college tuition savings plan, the Unique Plan. She sponsored laws establishing the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), Healthy Kids and workforce housing opportunities. More recently, she co-sponsored legislation to raise the high school dropout age, to ban the burning of demolition debris, to establish a research and development tax credit for business, establish a state code of ethics and to reinstate the state’s job training fund, including a Pathway to Work program for unemployed persons establishing self-employment.

Senator Larsen’s legislative priorities include funding education, to include higher education; promoting job growth; expanding workforce housing; establishing affordable health care; safeguarding our environment; and advancing property-tax relief. In 2007, Larsen was named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Counties. Her successful efforts to establish the unique college savings program led the New Hampshire College and University Council to recognize her with a New Hampshire Higher Education Partnership Award in 2007.