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NEC in the News: President Michele Perkins on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange”

December 8, 2017

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New England College President Michele Perkins recently was a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange”. The program topic was: Small Colleges Struggle, Adapt to Changing Demographics, Challenging Times. President Perkins describes how New England College is succeeding during a challenging period for many higher education institutions. Listen to the podcast.

In The News: Q&A with New England College President Michele Perkins

October 31, 2017

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NH Business Review features “Q&A with New England College President Michele Perkins”.

At a time when many schools are struggling with enrollment, New England College in Henniker this year welcomed 490 first-year students, the largest first-year class in the college’s 70-year history.

Overseeing NEC’s successful strategies at expanding the school’s offerings, raising its profile and attracting more students is Michele Perkins, president of the college since 2007. She’s been at the college since 2001, first serving as vice president for enrollment and then senior vice president.

Posted October 26 2017. Read this article. (includes twelve insightful questions and answers)
 

In the News: NEC Freshman Student Recognized as “Student of the Year’ by Hanscom Air Force Base

October 30, 2017

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Patrick Baker

Hanscom Air Force Base highlighted Hanscom Teen Named Base ‘Youth of the Year’.

Patrick Baker, 17, a senior at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, Massachusetts, has been a member of the Hanscom Youth Center for more than six years.

“We are incredibly proud to have him represent Hanscom Air Force Base as the Military Youth of the Year,” said Jillian Wilbur, the Youth Center’s teen coordinator. “Patrick is a great role model for other youth to emulate at Hanscom.”…

This fall Baker will attend New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, to study Outdoor Education.

Dated: April 18, 2017. Read the article.
 

NEC in the News: Commentary: Look to the Evolution of Small Colleges – false notion exists that small schools are unsustainable

October 24, 2017

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The timesunion featured NEC – “resourceful and creative.” The president of New England College, Michelle Perkins, once characterized the school’s situation as “change or die.” Change ensued. Adopting online and graduate programs, growing undergraduate enrollment through broader recruitment, offering voluntary retirements, and keeping debt levels low all contributed to an $800,000 surplus this year. “We’re much less fragile than we were 15 years ago,” Perkins says, adding, “we learned to be resourceful and creative.” Read the article.

NEC in the News: New England College Squeezed by a Record Incoming Class – Which Is a Good Thing.

August 28, 2017

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The Concord Monitor featured New England College Squeezed by a Record Incoming Class – Which Is a Good Thing. The long-range growth plan at New England College got more of a boost this year than many expected, with the largest-ever incoming class forcing the Henniker school to turn some offices into dorms. More than 490 incoming freshman and transfers began arriving Friday at the college – well over recent figures of roughly 350 new students each fall. Read the article.

NEC in the News: Small Private Colleges Can Survive

August 23, 2017

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The New England Journal of Higher Education featured “Small Private Colleges Can Survive” by NEC President Michele Perkins. With high school populations declining throughout New England and in several other regions of the U.S., higher education experts have predicted that many small private colleges will face closure in the decade ahead. Michele Perkins, President of New England College, tells a different story. Read the article.

NEC in the News: My Turn: Within These Divisive Events, There Is Hope

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The Concord Monitor featured NEC’s President Michele Perkins comments on recent events in Charlottesville and suggests what we saw on display was an emboldened, outspoken collection of groups whose racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry are in direct contradiction to what it means to be an American. That there were lives lost because of these events compounds the tragedy. I strongly believe leaders from business, government and education have a responsibility to speak out in opposition to such egregious actions. Read the article.

NEC in the News: NEC Graduates Asked to be Moral Leaders in the World

May 15, 2017

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Marjani Lillard of Bowie, Maryland, holds up her diploma for her mother to take a photo at the New England College commencement speech in Henniker Saturday. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Sunday News Correspondent)

Marjani Lillard of Bowie, Maryland, holds up her diploma for her mother to take a photo at the New England College commencement speech in Henniker Saturday. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Sunday News Correspondent)

The Sunday Union Leader featured NEC’s Commencement ceremony: “A women credited with re-shaping global philanthropy told New England College graduates Saturday to embrace the possibility of failure. “I have failed more times than I can remember,” Jacqueline Novogratz, an innovator in philanthropy and impact investing, said in her commencement speech. New England College celebrated its 70th commencement Saturday, bestowing doctorate, masters, bachelor and associate degrees upon 729 students from 45 states and 12 countries. Novogratz also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the College. She told the graduates to pursue their role in the world as moral leaders. Read the Article

 

 

NEC in the News: NEC Commencement Speaker Inspires Graduates to Redefine Views on Success

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Theatre professor Alex Picard gives theatre major C.J. Smith a big hug before the start of the commencement ceremony at New England College in Henniker on Saturday, May 13, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Theatre professor Alex Picard gives theatre major C.J. Smith a big hug before the start of the commencement ceremony at New England College in Henniker on Saturday, May 13, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

The Concord Monitor featured NEC’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday. “Jacqueline Novogratz, who’s dedicated her life to making the world a better place through philanthropic endeavors, brought her inspirational message to New England College’s graduation ceremony on Saturday. Speaking to the nearly 450 students in attendance, who made up the school’s largest graduating class of 729, Novogratz’s message of unity and hope aligned itself with the philosophies of Acumen, a company she founded in 2001 that invests capital into businesses designed to cater to the world’s poor. ‘Redefine how we look at success,’ Novogratz said. ‘Your job is not to be perfect. Your job is to be human.'” Read the Article.

 

NEC in the News: “John Stark Pipeline Paying Off for New England College Men’s Lacrosse Program”

May 3, 2017

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The Concord Monitor published a wonderful story featuring New England College’s men’s lacrosse team and several local student-athletes from John Stark Regional High School. “It took New England College men’s lacrosse Coach Jedd Brown all of eight seconds to figure out what kind of season the Pilgrims would have this year. Once his team finished the annual freshmen vs. returning players preseason scrimmage, Brown mixed the teams with one thought on his mind. He said he wanted to see how John Stark graduates Matt Richard, a junior, and freshman Jake Blanchette would play together.” Read the article.