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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.

NEC Announces a $1M Challenge Match

November 9, 2017

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The Jon Gould ’75 Legacy Challenge – Presented by Lex Scourby ’75 and Jay Gould ’75.

New England College is thrilled to announce an exciting challenge for all alumni, parents, and friends! Two of our esteemed alumni have stepped-up and pledged a combined $1M towards the construction of The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts.

Jay Gould ’75 has made his pledge in the amount of $500K, in memory of his twin brother Jon Gould ’75, who had a very successful communications career before his passing in 1986. Lex Scourby ’75 matched Jay’s gift to help complete the funding for this important project. Jon’s lifelong legacy of commitment to the arts will be showcased as the lobby of The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts will be named in his honor.

Jon Gould graduated from New England College in 1975. While at NEC Jon concentrated both on business and the arts. He spent a summer at Harvard in the highly selective Radcliffe Publishing Program and later Jon accepted a position in the advertising department at Rolling Stone. In 1978, Jon moved to Los Angeles where he was Vice President for Corporate Communications at Paramount Pictures.  

When the match is completed, NEC will have raised $7.5 million for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts – and this will be the most money raised for a single building project in the history of the College!

This world-class, expertly designed performing arts facility will include more than 21,000 square feet including a 350 seat thrust-stage theater, lobby, box office, control room, dressing rooms, and a mezzanine encompassing two floors.

The building’s design will accommodate a variety of programming such as dramatic productions, dance and musical performances, political forums and debates, professional lectures, and summer arts programs.

If you would like to contribute to this project and impact the future of NEC, please contact Vice President for Advancement, Marie Muhvic, at 603.428.2296 or

Remember your gift will be doubled by the match, doubling your impact!

New England College Creates Partnership with Pegasystems in Response to Workforce Needs

November 7, 2017

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Only College in Northeast Offering “Pega” Certification Program.

Colleges all across the country are operating in what many experts believe is the most competitive marketplace in the history of higher education. Parents and students want to be assured that the investments they are making in a college degree will actually result in a job and in building a long term career.

New England College, in Henniker, NH, is working hard to position their graduates with the requisite skills and credentials needed to secure employment following graduation and a key component of this focus is to ensure students’ have the educational experiences needed and that their experiences are in sync with employers’ and industry expectations.

With the recent attention by employers and educators on STEM fields (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) New England College has entered into a unique partnership with a leading software company, Pegasystems, in Cambridge, MA. Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega® Platform – empowers people to rapidly deploy, and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 30-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and BPM, powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results. 

New England College is the only higher education institution in the Northeast that has a partnership with Pegasystems and the program has taken off. The partnership involves the Master of Science in Computer Information Services program which enrolls over 400 students from India. Pegasystems also has a presence in Hyderabad, India, where many of New England College’s international students are from. “The Pega program is up and running at New England College. We offered students our first Pega classes this term and they filled up almost immediately. We are also offering a new concentration in Pegasystems which has drawn great interest from our student population,” said Rick Mitchell, Program Director.  Two New England College professors have undergone extensive training and certification at Pegasystems in preparation for these new course offerings.

“This new program demonstrates how higher education institutions and businesses can work in concert to meet the needs of both students and employers,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “We recognized a need that we could meet, we knew students would be interested in the program, and with a lot of hard work and commitment by both the college and Pegasystems we developed a unique program that benefits everyone – students, employers, and the College.”

On November 30th, David Donelan, a Vice President from Pegasystems, will deliver a guest lecture to students at New England College and share information about career opportunities available today and into the future. 

“We are a small, liberal arts college in rural New Hampshire,” added President Perkins, “but in today’s world we can engage on the global stage in educating the workforce for tomorrow. It’s a very exciting time to be in this space.”

NEC President’s Speaker Series: Former White House Chief of Staff, Andy Card to Address Politics, Policy, and Civil Discourse

October 20, 2017

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New England College Series to Examine What’s Happening in Washington Today.

Listen to this event, courtesy of WKXL Concord News Radio.

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New England College President Michele Perkins is pleased to announce that former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card will address issues of politics, policy, and civil discourse at the next NEC President’s Speaker Series event on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in the Simon Center Great Room at 7:00 p.m.

Andy Card, the second longest tenured White House Chief of Staff, has served in senior government roles under three U.S. Presidents. Appointed in November 2000, Card served as Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush from January 2001 to April 2006. On September 11, 2001, Card is the one who famously whispered in President Bush’s ear while the President was sitting in a classroom in Florida, informing the President that terrorists had attacked the United States.

Card served as Deputy Chief of Staff and then as a Cabinet Member for President George H.W. Bush as the 11th Secretary of Transportation from 1992 to 1993. From March 1987 until March 1988, Card ran the successful New Hampshire Presidential Primary Campaign for George H.W. Bush. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Union Pacific, the Business Advisory Board of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and on a number of non-profit boards. He joined NBC News as a contributor in April 2017.

“Andy Card is a widely recognized and highly admired public servant who is known for his common sense approach to good public policy,” stated New England College President Michele Perkins. “Secretary Card knows how things in government work and will share his unique insights into today’s headlines and offer his perspective on what’s happening in Washington.”

The NEC President’s Speaker Series is open to the public at no cost.

What:   President’s Speaker Series:  Andy Card, Former White House Chief of Staff

When:Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Simon Center Great Room
New England College
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH

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About the President’s Speaker Series

Each year the President’s Speaker Series at New England College brings to campus prominent leaders and innovators from business, nonprofits, public policy, and issue areas that are interesting, insightful, and engaging for students and members of the community.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts

October 10, 2017

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New England College to build world-class building to serve as venue for performances, debates, and arts programs.

from left to right: Rosamond Delori: Hinton Putnam ’96; Jim Putnam; Barbara Putnam; Tom Putnam; NEC President, Dr. Michele Perkins; Stephen A. Geremia ’85, NEC Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees; Lex Scourby ’75, NEC Chair of the Board of Trustees; Jay Gould ’75

New England College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts will provide a contemporary venue that advances the performing arts, fosters civic engagement, and helps New England College promote and strengthen its ties to the community, state, and region.

This world-class, expertly designed performing arts facility will include more than 18,000 square feet including a 350 seat theater, lobby, box office, control room, dressing rooms, and a mezzanine encompassing three floors.

More than five years have passed since New England College President Michele Perkins and the College Board of Trustees first discussed the possibility of building a performing arts center. A huge step was made when the College received a $3 million gift from Tom and Barbara Putnam, the Putnam family, and the Putnam Foundation to build the Center. The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts will establish a permanent legacy, celebrating Mrs. Putnam’s lifelong commitment to theatre and the arts.

The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts

In announcing the gift to the College Tom Putnam commented, “My mother loved the theatre, and the Putnam family is honored to support the creation of the new performing arts center at New England College that will carry her name. We hope this new theatre will bring a higher level of cultural enrichment to the students and benefit everyone at the College, as well as, all of the people of southwest New Hampshire.”

To date, the Putnam’s leadership gift is among the largest gifts to the College’s “Bridge to the Future” campaign. Construction of the Center, which will be located on the campus’s south district and adjacent to the College’s newest academic building, the John Lyons Center, will commence in the spring of 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2019.

The building’s design will accommodate a variety of programming such as dramatic productions, dance and musical performances, political forums and debates, professional lectures, and summer arts programs for K-12 students.

DSK | Dewing Schmid Kearns, architects and planners, located in Concord, MA, designed the Center. The College will announce the selection of a construction firm in the near future.

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Groundbreaking Event Details

WHAT: President Michele Perkins, Trustees, Tom and Barbara Putnam, and other dignitaries will cut a ceremonial ribbon at the Groundbreaking for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Adjacent to the John Lyons Center
New England College
Henniker, NH
Parking: Currier Alumni Center lot, adjacent to event site

The ceremony will be open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

New England College to Host Discussion on Concussion

October 5, 2017

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College selected as a Beta test site for exciting new technology.

Corey Burchman, M.D., Director of Medical Innovation, Section Director, Neuroanesthesia, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

New England College will host an important discussion on the growing concerns surrounding concussion and traumatic brain injury with Dr. Corey Burchman, Medical Innovation Advisor to The Brain Trust, LLC, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in the Simon Center Great Room beginning at 7:00 p.m.

More than ever before, concussion and traumatic brain injury are at the forefront of today’s media news reports and concern by players, parents, administrators, and institutions have intensified. Recent research is providing new insights into treatment and recovery for students who have experienced a concussion. Dr. Burchman will explain, in language accessible to a general audience, recommendations for educators for best practices in concussion including “Return to Learn” for students who have experienced a concussion.

Both K-12 and higher education institutions face a moral imperative to do the right thing for their students while simultaneously recognizing the serious legal exposure, escalating costs, and the institutional risks. Yet, even with enormous awareness by the public and institutional administrators, concussion training for faculty, staff, and administrators remains at best inadequate and no comprehensive solutions have been available until now.

Recognizing the need to address this problem, New England College has been selected as one of two colleges in New Hampshire, along with respected colleges and schools across the nation, to Beta test SmartResponse™ this fall. SmartResponse™ represents a new approach to training proven by the U.S. military: Serious Gaming.  An emerging approach, Serious Gaming leverages technological advances in recreational gaming to create a wholly new approach to training solution design. Information on Serious Gaming will be available during the discussion.

“New England College is deeply concerned about the wellness of our students and is committed to acting proactively to ensure that any concussion or traumatic brain injury is treated promptly.” said Michael Taberski, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “We look forward to working with The Brain Trust and exploring the SmartResponse™ Serious Gaming training solution as a potential resource for our students and staff.”

Dr. Burchman was a U.S. Navy physician for over a decade; he served both on land and on deployment in the Persian Gulf, and gives care to underserved patients in developing nations for multiple humanitarian relief agencies. Dr. Burchman received his M.D. from the George Washington School of Medicine, interned at the United States Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA, and completed his residency and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Dr. Burchman is Section Director, Neuroanesthesia at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

This discussion will be co-sponsored by New England College and The Brain Trust, LLC.

SmartResponse™ is a registered trademark of The Brain Trust, LLC.