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NEC and NHIA Announce Intent to Merge

May 29, 2018

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New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today that they intend to complete a merger of the two institutions by October 1, 2018.

The merger process is expected to take approximately four months to complete. The merger will enhance the delivery of academic programs and streamline administrative services. There are several academic programs, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the areas of art, design, writing, and education, that align well at both institutions and which will be enhanced through joint marketing and programming efforts. Further details on structure and operations will be announced over the next several months.

Officials from both institutions will work closely during this transition period to develop the processes and procedures to benefit students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, and their communities. The transition process will address issues such as academic programs, accreditation, student services, enrollment operations, human resources, and finance.

“We will work carefully together over the next several months to determine the best structure for merging the institutions and will be diligent in our efforts to keep our campus communities informed and involved,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.

“This merger offers the opportunity to significantly enhance our academic programs, improve administrative services, and build upon both institutions’ strong academic offerings,” said NHIA President Kent Devereaux. “The merger of our institutions will make us more attractive to students from across the country and internationally.”

New England College is a private, non-profit, four-year, and graduate, higher education institution located in Henniker, NH and is dedicated to providing exceptional education for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier of baccalaureate colleges in the north, New England College prepares students in a manner that is robust, thorough, and engaging. The College offers thirty-seven Bachelor’s degree programs, twelve Master’s degree programs, and one Doctoral degree program all delivered in the liberal arts tradition and with an emphasis on experiential learning. New England College enrolls approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 and today offering undergraduate (BFA, Dual Degree BFA/MAT), graduate (MFA, MAT), and community education programs (Youth Arts, Pre-College, Community Education, Professional Development) in art, design, and writing serving over 2,000 students annually on two campuses in Manchester and Sharon/Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Both presidents believe a merger offers two outstanding higher education institutions, each committed to the liberal arts and real-world learning, the opportunity to explore the benefits of sharing academic programs in a cooperative format targeted at better serving students through expanded academic offerings.

New England College Welcomes Mount Ida College Students

April 11, 2018

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NEC Plans to Attend College Fair at Mount Ida College Campus on Tuesday, April, 17, 2018.

New England College has announced it will welcome students impacted by the closure of Mount Ida College to its campus in Henniker, NH, by providing a streamlined admission process and the opportunity to complete their college degree at a small, welcoming college community.

As students and families consider their options following the closure announcement, New England College has responded by offering Mount Ida College students – both currently enrolled, and admitted, for the fall of 2018 term – a number of benefits to make their transition as seamless as possible.

Students will receive automatic acceptance and have no application fee; transfer of all their Mount Ida College academic credits; degree completion in the same amount of time as would have been the case at Mount Ida College for the same or similar majors. In addition, students will be offered financial aid that results in the same net cost of tuition, fees, room and board as at Mount Ida College, renewable each year until graduation.

New England College is a private, non-profit institution with a beautiful campus in Henniker, New Hampshire, 90 minutes from Boston. Campus facilities include the new John Lyons Center, 11 residence halls, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, and a new performing arts center that will open next year. Student life is vibrant, diverse and personal. With an average class size of 13, professors, staff, and students are close-knit and full of Pilgrim Pride!

New England College offers associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to 3,000 students on campus and online.

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Commencement Speaker Announced for 2018 Ceremony

April 10, 2018

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Julián Castro, Former HUD Secretary and Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX to Address New England College 71st Commencement Graduates.

Julián Castro, Former HUD Secretary and Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX

Julián Castro, Former HUD Secretary and Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX

President Michele D. Perkins announced today that the Honorable Julián Castro, Dean’s Distinguished Fellow and Fellow of the Dávila Chair in International Trade Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and founder of Opportunity First, will serve as New England College’s Commencement 2018 speaker on May 12, 2018. Previously, Castro served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017 and as mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014.

“I am delighted that Secretary Castro has agreed to serve as this year’s featured Commencement speaker,” said Perkins. “He is a national leader and educator who launched his public service career in 2001, becoming San Antonio’s youngest councilman. His personal story, which includes being a student who relied on Pell grants and scholarships to pay for his education, is one that will resonate strongly with our students,” Perkins added.

Secretary Castro launched into the national arena with his keynote address – the first by a Latino – at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Earlier this year, he announced the formation of Opportunity First, a political action committee supporting young, progressive candidates for local, state and federal office. Secretary Castro is currently working on a memoir to be published by Little, Brown and Company in the fall of 2018.

In March 2010, Castro was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics. Previously, Secretary Castro was an attorney and worked at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP before starting his own practice.

Secretary Castro received a BA from Stanford University in 1996, and a JD from Harvard Law School in 2000. He and his wife, Erica Lira Castro, an elementary school educator, have two children. The family lives in San Antonio, Texas.

During the New England College Commencement Ceremony Secretary Castro will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Board of Trustees in recognition of his career achievements and professional success.


New England College Rolls Out VeoRide Bike Share Program

April 9, 2018

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Free rides available now until April 15.

New England College is partnering with Indiana-based VeoRide to provide a new bike share program, which launched on April 6, for students, faculty and staff. Initially, 20 bikes will be available at six designated bike parking areas across campus.

VeoRide’s easy-to-use and adaptable dockless bike share system allows riders to locate a nearby bike via their smart phone and unlock the joy of bike riding for a quick commute or simply a ride to enjoy the outdoors. VeoRide bikes’ sturdy construction, built-in safety features and three gears set them apart from the typical bike share experience.

“VeoRide will be a great addition to our campus. We appreciate the flexibility of the dockless bike share system, and the quality of their bikes,” said Mark Mitch, associate professor of environmental sciences at New England College. “We look forward to introducing this new amenity to our students, faculty, staff and broader community.”

A special VeoRide-NEC Launch Event was held on April 6 in front of the student center. Games, free food, free bike rides and special gifts were provided to participants. Representatives from VeoRide and NEC provided more information about the bike share program and demonstrated the simple process of renting a bike.

From now until April 15, NEC students, faculty and staff will be able to try VeoRide for free. After that time, pay-as-you-go rides are available for as little as 50 cents for 15 minutes. Additional packages for monthly or yearly rates are available, with discounts for NEC students and employees.

To rent a bike, download the VeoRide app, locate a bike, open Bluetooth on your phone, scan the QR code on the bike or enter the bike’s ID to unlock, and ride. At the end of your ride, park at one of several designated parking locations identified in the app and simply push the button on the bike lock to end the trip.

“Bike shares are gaining popularity in the U.S. as more people recognize the value that bikes contribute to a community’s health and vitality,” said Candice Xie, VP Business Development of VeoRide. “New England College shows it’s forward-thinking and committed to a healthy future.”

For more information about the NEC Bike Share, visit

Young and Talented Roster Leads NEC Men’s Basketball to Breakout Season

February 21, 2018

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New England College Captures 2018 Regular Season Title.

Charlie Mason, Head Coach of Men’s Basketball

For New England College men’s basketball coach Charlie Mason, season number 16 is as sweet as they come. The head coach’s 16th season on the NEC sideline has come with unprecedented success for the Pilgrims, and it all culminated last Saturday with a 114-83 win over Lyndon State. The victory over Lyndon inked the team as North Atlantic Conference (NAC) regular season champions for the first time in program history. The win was the 19th of the season, tying a 27-year old program record for most wins in a season. The 114 points the team put on the board were the most by the team in a single game in over three years.

Coach Mason’s roster features no seniors, two juniors, five sophomores, and eight freshmen. The Pilgrims will host a semifinal game at 5:00 p.m. on Friday night, the first semifinal appearance for the program since the school joined the NAC seven years ago. “The poise and character these young guys bring each day is remarkable.” said Coach Mason. “We’re headed into uncharted waters, but today at practice they’ll act like they’ve been doing this for 10 years.”

Malcolm Wynn, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Coach Mason credits his team’s depth as being the top factor in transforming last season’s sub-.500 team into this year’s 19-6 powerhouse. “On nights when some things aren’t going right, we have a deep toolbox to reach into. Our starters are great players – but any of the reserves could score 15 points off the bench on any given night.” said Mason. The Pilgrims have the second- and fourth-highest scorers in the NAC on their roster in junior Ricky Leonard (17.3 ppg) and sophomore Izaiah Winston-Brooks (16.8 ppg). Both players have earned NAC Player of the Week honors throughout the season.

Even more impressively, freshman Calvin Cheek leads all three NCAA Divisions in steals (132) and steals per game (5.28), and offensively adds 10.1 points and a NAC-leading 4.5 assists per game. He also became the first Pilgrim to record a triple-double in over three years with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Lyndon State last weekend. “Cheek is a game-changer.” said Mason of the six-time NAC Rookie of the Week honoree. “He makes his teammates better and is a threat on both ends of the court.”

In addition to the accolades earned by Leonard, Winston-Brooks, and Cheek, Coach Mason named freshman Kareem Octavien as the most underrated player in the conference. “He does things off the ball that go unnoticed. His defensive ability, his assist-to-turnover ratio, and his ability to create pace has allowed us to play faster basketball.” said Mason. “And even more remarkable – he and Jason Jones both bring an energy that adds so much to the team dynamic.”

Jaiwon Martin, Graduate Assistant for the Men’s Basketball Program

Jones, a junior, is a defensive threat – second in the conference in rebounds per game (8.6) – but what he brings to the court is often overshadowed by what he brings off the court. Mason believes Jones is a natural leader and said some the other players have described him as “The best teammate they’ve ever had.”

Also impacting the sideline, Mason credits assistant coach Malcolm Wynn and graduate assistant Jaiwon Martin for aiding in the team’s turnaround. Mason believes Wynn has had a very clear impact both on and off the court and named Martin as someone the players can look up to. “I knew we were going to be better than we were last year, but the team is four-fifths underclassmen. I never could have predicted we’d have so much success, but getting here says a lot about the team’s commitment and buy-in.”

  • The Pilgrims are also invested in the classroom and have compiled the highest team grade-point average in 21 years.
  • The winner of the Friday’s semifinal will play in the NAC championship game on Saturday, also in NEC’s Bridges Gym.
  • The NAC Champion will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

New England College President’s Speaker Series Hosts Former Congressman, Ambassador, and Author Richard N. Swett

February 13, 2018

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Event to Examine the Relationship Between the Nature of Design and Leadership.

New England College is pleased to announce the next President’s Speaker Series event which will kick off the spring semester with the Honorable Richard N. Swett, former New Hampshire Congressman and former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The event will be held in the Simon Center Great Room beginning at 5:30 p.m. In addition to his distinguished career in public service, Ambassador Swett has written a groundbreaking book about the unique civic leadership strengths of the architecture profession, Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust. Drawing upon fascinating stories from the past and present, as well as from his own singular experience as the only architect to serve in Congress in the 20th century, Swett has produced a compelling volume that is both inspiring and instructive.

In Congress, Ambassador Swett was a member of the Public Works and Transportation Committee; the Committee on Science, Space and Technology; the U.S. Congressional Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament; and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He authored the Transportation for Livable Communities Act, coauthored the landmark Congressional Accountability Act, and introduced bills on energy conservation and use of renewable energy. In the private sector, his experience includes architectural design, project and corporate management, and development. Swett was a state chair for the U.S. Olympic Committee; he also was a contributing author for the book, A Nation Reconstructed: A Quest for the Cities That Can Be. Twice he has been awarded the Presidential citation by the AIA, in addition to numerous other awards and honorary degrees.

“Ambassador Swett is a recognized leader in politics, diplomacy, and business,” said New England College President Dr. Michele Perkins. “His insights into the importance of civil discourse promises to be both insightful and inspiring. Our students and community guests will surely benefit from this moderated conversation, and we look forward to hearing from Ambassador Swett as he discusses his vision for leadership and the importance of public discourse.”

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

What: President’s Speaker Series: Honorable Richard N. Swett
When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Simon Center Great Room, New England College campus, Henniker, NH

New England College Presented with Manchester VA Medical Center Director’s Community Partnership Appreciation Award

January 31, 2018

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Service Members Get Answers at Benefit Expo!

Dr. Cindi Nadelman, and New England College graduate student Karin Barilani, recently received the Community Partnership Appreciation Award from the Director of the Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center in recognition for their incredible work in organizing and hosting a Veterans Benefit Expo. The Past and Present Military Benefits Expo was held on January 19th at New England College, where a wide array of services available for veterans were showcased. Read more here.


New England College Announces Bridge to the Future $37 Million Capital Campaign

January 23, 2018

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New England College has announced the public phase of a $37M capital campaign, Bridge to the Future, the largest fundraising initiative in the College’s history.

“When New England College was founded in 1946, to serve veterans returning from World War II, our founders had a bold vision for creating an innovative higher education institution dedicated to improving the lives of students and society.” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “The Bridge to the Future campaign marks an important milestone in our College’s history and is critical to expanding and enriching our tradition of providing educational and programmatic opportunities for students from New Hampshire, the region, the country, and indeed the world.” added Perkins.

This campaign is the most ambitious fundraising effort in New England College history. It will provide comprehensive support for several of the College’s strategic priorities including the John Lyons Center, a new academic building that opened September 2016; The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts, a 350 seat theatre; endowed and named scholarships; and the Opportunity Fund. Overall, the College has already secured nearly $35M toward the Bridge to the Future campaign.

“The success and growth of New England College will be significantly accelerated by the momentum generated through the Bridge to the Future campaign.” said New England College Board Chair, Lex Scourby, ’75. “While the success we have already achieved is remarkable we obviously cannot rest and, in fact, New England College’s future depends upon the successful completion of this important and historic fundraising effort.” Scourby said.

In addition to fundraising commitments for the John Lyons Center and The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts, New England College has secured over $12M in gift and pledge commitments toward strategic priorities connected to the Bridge to the Future capital campaign. These generous gifts include a total of $5.6M in endowed and general scholarships; a $2.5M gift to support online learning; a total of $1.8M to support strategic plan priorities; a generous $1M plus endowment gift from a class of 1968 alumnus to name the College’s Administration Building; and a total of $1M to support the College’s general endowment fund.

During the silent phase of the capital campaign the College received more than 12,000 gifts from 3,000 donors. Throughout the campaign the average gift size has quadrupled. Seven generous donors have given $1M or more. Forty-seven percent of donors have given through the Opportunity Fund, which has supported the campaign with gifts surpassing $4M.

“The leadership gifts made to this campaign are remarkable and awe-inspiring, as they allow true transformation of the campus and student experience. Just as impressive however, is the outpouring of support from alumni, parents, and friends from all across the country at all levels of giving. Participation at every level is critical to the success of the campaign. I am extremely optimistic that NEC supporters will redouble their efforts to ensure we close out this campaign by meeting and perhaps even exceeding our goals!” stated New England College Vice President for Advancement, Marie Muhvic.

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Former Dartmouth College President Dr. James Wright Was Keynote Speaker at Founders Day

January 22, 2018

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Dr. James Wright, President Emeritus at Dartmouth College, spoke at the New England College Founders Day ceremony on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 and was awarded an honorary degree. Dr. Wright stated, “As someone who was a first-generation college graduate, one who enrolled after military service, I have a special affection for this school and its heritage and its commitment to providing educational opportunities for everyone.”

NEC President Michele Perkins commented, “I was delighted Dr. Wright accepted the invitation to be our keynote speaker this year and he offered valuable observations to our students, faculty, and guests on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of our founding. His remarks were particularly inspiring and I encourage everyone to take time to review them and to appreciate the insights and wisdom contained in his address.”

“As a historian, I am pleased to participate in recognition of an institution’s founding. And not simply as a celebration, but as an occasion to remember the work and the goals of the founders, an opportunity to assess how a place has evolved in the passing years,” Wright stated.

You may read Dr. Wright’s complete speech here.

The Jon Gould ΄75 Legacy Challenge

January 19, 2018

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The Jon Gould ΄75 Legacy Challenge, presented by Jay Gould ΄75 and Lex Scourby ΄75, provides an opportunity for all alumni, parents, and friends of New England College to play an instrumental role in Bridge to the Future the College’s historic capital campaign. New England College is grateful to Jay and Lex for their leadership gift in Jon’s honor.

We have received a tremendous outpouring of donations to support the Jon Gould ΄75 Legacy Challenge. Through the generosity of 35 donors, NEC is pleased to announce we have raised $205,335 in donations toward the $1,000,000 Challenge, which will support the construction of The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts. In just three months, New England College has raised 20% of our $1,000,000 Challenge goal.

The momentum and support from alumni, parents, and friends is at an all-time high! We have received many personal and touching notes from Jon’s classmates and friends. Through this Challenge and the generosity of the New England College community, NEC honors Jon’s lifelong legacy and commitment to the arts.

Please consider making an impact today with your gift to the Jon Gould ΄75 Legacy Challenge. Your donation is important and helps the NEC community collectively achieve this challenge from Jay and Lex. Through your gift you provide valuable resources for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts and ensures Bridge to the Future is a great success.

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

Make a gift to the Gould Legacy Challenge today!

In the news:

NEC Announces a $1M Challenge Match (Nov. 9 ’17)

Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts (Oct. 10 ’17)