New England College Hires Former Chester Faculty Members
Henniker, NH- New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire proudly announced today that it has hired two former Chester College of New England faculty members. Jay Bordage and Edward Stapel will begin teaching courses this fall. “We are thrilled to have attracted the caliber of professors Bordage and Stapel,” says Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “The addition of these two talented teachers will provide comfort and consistency to those Chester College students who enrolled at NEC. In addition, Jay and Edward have a great deal to offer all of our students who constantly seek new and challenging courses of study.”
Jay Bordage has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Most recently, Bordage held the position of Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Chester College of New England. He was previously a Sculpture Instructor at Harvard University. Bordage has taught a variety of creative practice courses focusing on graphic design, computer animation, figure drawing, and mixed media sculpture. Bordage’s work has been displayed in art galleries up and down the East Coast, including his most recent display in the exhibition, “Art Encounters Preservations,” which was located at the Wentworth-Coolidge Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and appreciate the new opportunity offered to me at New England College,” says Bordage. “I think this will be a terrific fit.”
Bordage received a Masters of Fine Arts with the concentration in Digital Media and Photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oberlin College.
Edward Stapel has been appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Stapel has spent the past nine years at Chester College of New England as the Associate Professor of Photography, Media Arts, and Design. He is bringing a wealth of experience through an array of studio, lecture, and seminar courses he has taught to enhance student’s knowledge of photography, digital imaging, film and digital materials.
Since 1997, Stapel’s work has been displayed in 20 Exhibitions throughout the East Coast including his most recent “You Can’t Erase an Idea” located at the Gallery at Wadleigh Library at Chester College. Stapel has received his Masters of Fine Arts in Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Studio Art at the University of South Carolina.
“These two men are recognized leaders in their fields,” explains Mark Watman, VP Academic Affairs. “We expect the courses they are offering at New England College will be popular with our students and will make our programs even more attractive to young people seeking the right college experience.”
On May 18, 2012, Chester College of New England announced that it would be closing its doors. In an effort to assist the entire Chester College Community, New England College entered into an agreement to hire Chester faculty in addition to keeping all tuition, fees, and room and board charges for students the same, as they would have paid at Chester.
“Although we are saddened by the closure of Chester College, we are pleased to be working hard to honor the Chester traditions in a new setting,” says President Perkins. “We welcome our new colleagues and students and hope they quickly consider Henniker their new home.”