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Former Dartmouth President to Serve as Keynote Speaker at New England College Founders Day Celebration

January 8, 2018

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Dr. James Wright will receive honorary degree and give the address.

Dr. James Wright, President Emeritus at Dartmouth College

Dr. James Wright, President Emeritus at Dartmouth College

Dr. James Wright, President Emeritus at Dartmouth College, will receive an honorary degree and serve as the keynote speaker at the New England College Founders Day celebration on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. New England College President, Michele Perkins, said, “I am delighted Dr. Wright has accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker and know he will offer valuable observations to students, faculty, and guests at this annual event recognizing the founding of New England College in 1946.”

Wright served as the 16th President of Dartmouth College from 1998 until June 2009. A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1969, Wright also served as Dean of the Faculty and as Provost prior to being elected President in April 1998. In 2005, Wright, a Marine veteran, began a series of visits to U.S. military medical facilities in Washington, DC, where he met Marines and other U.S. military personnel who had been wounded in the course of service in Iraq and Afghanistan. In over two dozen visits, he encouraged the injured servicemen and women to continue their education, and he subsequently joined in establishing and assumed responsibility for raising funds to support an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans. His interest was to provide a means for private colleges and universities to partner with Veterans Affairs in supporting veterans who matriculated at these institutions (the “Yellow Ribbon Program”).

“New England College was founded to serve the educational needs of our country’s military men and women returning from World War II,” said President Perkins, “and it is indeed fitting that we honor Dr. Wright at our Founders Day celebration and recognize his longstanding commitment to assisting injured soldiers and veterans.”

Wright is the author of the recently published book, Enduring Vietnam; An American Generation and Its War, which provides a rich account of the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of the families who grieved those who did not return. An historian, his teaching and research has focused on American political history and the history of the American west.

The Founders Day celebration will be held in Bridges Gymnasium on the New England College campus beginning at 12:00 noon. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

New England College Recognized as Military Friendly® School

January 5, 2018

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Ranked 8th Among U.S. Universities/Colleges in Terms of Friendliness to the Military.

New England College has earned the prestigious 8th spot on the 2017-2018 Military Friendly® School designation by The Military Friendly® brand is nationally recognized as being the original, trusted resource on post-military education and employment options for veterans and military families.

John Callahan, PhD, New England College Director of Combined Military Online Programs, said he was pleased that New England College has been recognized and ranked so highly as a military friendly school. “It’s wonderful to see our commitment, hard work, great attitude, and spirit of service to veterans being recognized. As an institution founded to serve returning World War II service men and women, New England College has a long history of commitment to assisting those who serve our nation and we are proud to play a role in their education and training.”

First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

“This recognition is a result of New England College’s dedication to developing military and veteran-friendly policies and procedures.” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “Our programs prepare students for both the workplace and successful careers. Being ranked in the top ten as a Military Friendly® institution sends an important message to our country’s service members and will assist us in getting the word out to veterans and members of the military transitioning to civilian life that New England College is eager to help them achieve their academic goals.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. More than 1,300 schools participated in the 2017-2018 survey with 849 receiving the designation.

Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer), and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

New England College will be showcased along with other 2018 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse Magazine, and at

Learn more about NEC Military Partnerships.

National Association of Community Health Centers® (NACHC®) Partners with New England College to Support Educational Opportunities for Health Centers Workforce

December 14, 2017

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New partnership will address workforce shortage needs at community health centers in NH and across the country.

The National Association of Community Health Centers® (NACHC®) has announced a new partnership with New England College to increase educational and career opportunities for staff members working at community health centers throughout the country.

Through this educational partnership, NACHC® organizational members, health center controlled network members, and primary care associations will be eligible to receive tuition discounts of up to 25% on over 60 online associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees – along with other education benefits. Interested staff members will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and career skills relevant to workforce needs.

This new partnership effort aligns with NACHC’s® workforce priorities to assure adequate staff to help care for and meet the demands of the 25 million patients seeking care at community health centers across the nation. NACHC® aims to promote retention of a highly qualified workforce to help fill high need administrative and managerial positions that strengthen patient‐centered care in underserved communities. The partnership strengthens programs designed to support educational pursuits by health center staff preparing for the value based care of the future while staying employed at their current health center.

Modern Healthcare magazine reports that “The skills needed to lead a health system through cultural and operational change are evolving along with healthcare’s business model.” By joining forces with New England College, NACHC® is working to ensure that health center staff and leadership have the education and skills needed to continue to provide high quality, affordable, patient-centered care. NACHC® selected NEC as an institutional partner because of its academic excellence, affordability, and relevance of their certificate and degree programs to the needs of health center professionals.

Learn more about the National Association of Community Health Centers® (NACHC®) Education Partner Program at New England College.

New England College Receives Davis Educational Foundation Grant to Support Student Success

December 8, 2017

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First year programs and services to be improved to enhance retention and graduation.

New England College has received a $76,400 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support a Campus-Wide Collaboration for Student Success. The Davis Educational Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

“New England College is deeply committed to improving our first year programs and services for our students in an effort to improve both retention and graduation rates at the College,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “This important funding will assist the College in implementing needed technologies for degree mapping, advising and student tracking. Additionally, the grant will support critical professional development for faculty and staff on the First Year Experience.” 

Dr. Wayne F. Lesperance, Jr., Dean of Undergraduate Programs, will serve as the project director. “New England College intends to expand its capacity to meet students where they are and to support them all the way to graduation.” Lesperance said. “We have experienced significant increases in our demographic and socioeconomic diversity among the undergraduate residential student population in recent years. Serving all our students and ensuring their academic success is a priority for everyone here at New England College. This growth of diversity on campus translates into a vibrant community with more variety of interests, activities, and better reflects the wider world our students will soon experience. In serving a more diverse student body we must do more to ensure all students are receiving the support they need to succeed.”

Through this generous grant the Davis Educational Foundation and New England College will collaborate on shared goals to ensure the success of each and every student, including increased retention and degree completion. The project will begin to address the need to improve the structure and support for first-year students, the philosophy and practice of teaching this segment of the broader student body, and the breadth and continuity of student services throughout the college experience in order to increase student success.

“Funding from the Davis Educational Foundation will provide critical professional development opportunities for key staff members,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Matt Wood. “It is expected that the knowledge, skills, and contacts developed as a result of conference attendance and participation will be brought back to campus for a series of professional development workshops for all colleagues involving enrollment, onboarding, orientation, and first year curriculum.”

The grant will provide initial funding for the Campus-Wide Collaboration for Student Success project and development of an implementation plan by the spring of 2018.

New England College President Michele Perkins Elected to NAICU Board

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New England College President Michele D. Perkins, EdD

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has announced the election of new officers and board members, including Michele Perkins, EdD, President of New England College (NEC). The three-year term board appointment for Perkins and other campus leaders (representing the association’s eight national regions) will begin at the 2018 NAICU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.

NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy, actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives, and oversee the organization’s financial administration.

“These are particularly challenging times for all of higher education and especially for small independent colleges like New England College,” said President Perkins. “I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to represent the New England Region on this important national higher education board. I look forward to being a voice for good public policy issues for both students and the independent, non-profit colleges and universities they attend.”

Dr. Perkins holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Theatre and Performance Studies from Northwestern University and Emerson College, respectively. She earned her Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Perkins’ academic research interests include organizational change in the small college and leadership decision-making.

Prior to becoming President of New England College in 2007, Dr. Perkins served as Interim President, Senior Vice President and Vice President for Enrollment Management at NEC. Prior to joining the college, she had a distinguished career at a number of higher education institutions including: New York Law School, Trinity College (CT), and Emerson College. She has worked as an independent higher education consultant in enrollment management and marketing for a number of private, non-profit colleges.

Throughout her career Dr. Perkins has served on numerous higher education, civic, and non-profit boards including; Emerson College (current), Council of Independent Colleges (past), New Hampshire College & University Council (current/past chair), Campus Compact for New Hampshire (current/past chair), Commissioner, vice chair and executive committee member for the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission (current), Commissioner to the New England Board of Higher Education (current), Steering Committee member for the New Hampshire Forum on the Future (current), Member of the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education (current), member of the Presidents’ Council for Project Pericles (current), and the New England Council (current). Additionally, she has served on the Board of the Champlain Arts Theatre Company and for many years has been a judge for the New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud state finals competition.


NAICU serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of independent higher education in the United States. Since 1976, the association has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation. Our member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, art and design colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women’s colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

New England College Announces Several New Leadership Appointments

September 29, 2017

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Additions to administrative staff will help ensure NEC’s continued growth and success in the years ahead.

New England College President Michele Perkins recently announced several new additions to the administrative staff of the College. “We are off to a great start to the 2017-18 academic year with record numbers in enrollment and fundraising, alumni participation, and historic achievement in facility improvement, financial gains, athletic success, and positive media. I look forward to our continued growth and success as we build our NEC team and am confident we will achieve even greater heights in the years to come.” President Perkins commented in making the following announcements.

Marie Muhvic has been appointed Vice President for Advancement. Marie most recently worked at Fairfield University, where she was a major gifts officer, primarily for athletic facility projects. She has an impressive track record of major gift fundraising, having secured over $30 million for Fairfield University over the last four years. Muhvic will report directly to President Perkins and will oversee all Advancement Office programs and activities.

Carol Thomas has been promoted to Vice President of Technology and Marketing Communications, overseeing all of information technology, marketing (including the website) and undergraduate admissions. Thomas has considerable experience in undergraduate admissions, having worked for or consulted with numerous public and private, selective and open enrollment institutions across her career. These institutions ranged from Dartmouth College, where she served in admissions and financial aid to, most recently, Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH, where she served as Vice President of Information Technology. As a consultant her focus was on higher education technology leadership and management, with a specific focus on admissions and enrollment.

Jeffrey Brown has been named Interim Vice President for New Business Development. Brown will report directly to President Perkins and will be responsible for negotiating and securing major partnerships with businesses and organizations for both graduate and online programs. NEC has had ongoing success with individual hybrid programs held at various businesses and health care organizations and Brown will be working on large projects to secure significant B-to-B agreements, in both online and hybrid formats, enrolling students in existing academic programs. Immediately prior to joining NEC Brown served as Senior Vice President and Associate Professor of Education at the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, VT. In this role he was instrumental in the development of several new academic programs and worked closely with the community and regional groups to create new opportunities for students and the college. 

Dr. Sherry Kollmann will join NEC as Associate Vice President of Strategic Online and Business Partnership Programs (a newly created position). Kollmann will provide entrepreneurial vision and leadership to the nontraditional undergraduate and graduate program growth of New England College, particularly in the online arena. Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Matt Wood and working closely with Dean of Graduate Studies Nelly Lejter, Kollmann will analyze the long term viability for existing and new programs, develop comprehensive business plans for specific programs and delivery models, work collaboratively with Drs. Wood and Lejter to ensure optimal program development, and oversee implementation of such plans as they are approved.

Kollmann is joining NEC from Southern New Hampshire University where she served as Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs. While at SNHU she provided oversight for curriculum development, data analytics, and was responsible for academic integrity and quality curriculum and instruction for the College of Online and Continuing Education’s undergraduate business programs serving over 18,000 students. She brings a strong background in creating new program development as it relates to industry needs. She will assist NEC in bringing to market academically and financially sound and compelling program offerings.

“We have a real need and an opportunity to rethink how we position and market New England College to prospective students, to non-traditional and graduate students, and to businesses, friends and donors,” said President Perkins. “I am confident with these new appointments, and with the continued assistance and strong support of our wonderful faculty and staff, New England College will continue to grow and serve our students and community in the years ahead.” Perkins concluded.

New England College Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in Its History

August 24, 2017

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Nearly 500 first-year students arrive at Henniker campus – the most diverse group of students attending any New Hampshire college or university.

Three months after New England College celebrated the largest graduating class in its 70-year history, the College will welcome the largest incoming class ever.

More than 490 new students begin class on New England College’s Henniker campus beginning August 25 with a welcoming convocation event to kick off the new semester. “During the past year applications to the College, visits to the campus, and interest from transfer students increased significantly,” says New England College President Michele Perkins. “There are a number of factors at play here.  New England College’s academic and athletic programs are expanding, we recently opened a new academic building, the John Lyons Center, and will soon break ground on the Putnam Center for the Performing Arts.  All of this means an even richer and more rewarding college experience for our students. Clearly, the word is out that New England College is a great institution.”

In addition, NEC proudly enrolls the most diverse student population in New Hampshire. The college’s enrollment currently stands at 36% diversity, several times higher than many schools in northern New England. Incoming students will be arriving at NEC from as far away as Alaska, California, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Montana, and as nearby as New England, including 105 students from New Hampshire. The College will also welcome a significant number of international students from a diverse range of countries including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

As a result of strong enrollment results New England College has creatively avoided having to take the drastic financial steps some other small, private colleges have in recent years – despite the shrinking number of college-age students and growing concerns about student debt levels. “We are pleased to report that our generous scholarships and grants make it possible for students to afford to attend. We do whatever is possible to fit the budgets of a wide variety of families, and students tell us the school offers great value to them,” explains President Perkins.  “Private, non-profit colleges like ours are NOT out of reach financially. They have a wonderful track record of graduating students prepared for the real world – we embrace the liberal arts while incorporating engaged and experiential learning in a small classroom setting, taught by talented and  supportive faculty.”

Admittedly, there have been a few growing pains, as NEC officials needed to reorganize staff offices, renovate a few of the smaller buildings and order more residence hall furniture to accommodate this record-setting class. That work is complete and the school is ready to officially welcome all incoming students, totaling close to 1100 students, for the first full day of classes on August 28th.



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.


NEC Founders Day: Start 2017 with Gratitude

January 17, 2017

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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.

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.