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NEC Founders Day: Start 2017 with Gratitude

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.