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Institute of Art and Design at New England College Announced Following Merger Completion

June 19, 2019

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Update on Rebranding of the Former NHIA and Plans for the Future Discussed.

New England College (NEC) will complete the final phase of its merger with the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) on July 1, 2019, following a plan established with accreditors and New Hampshire authorities in 2018. New England College will rebrand the former NHIA as the Institute of Art and Design at New England College, with changes to letterhead and business cards as the first step of the rebranding process. Other rebranding activities will occur over the next several months. “This new academic division of NEC will be an important component of our ongoing and expanding commitment to the liberal arts, and the Manchester campus will remain central to plans for expanding and growing both our art and design programs and other educational programming,” stated Michele Perkins, NEC President.

With the merger between the two institutions official, NEC will be relocating its graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concord to Lowell Hall in Manchester, as a first step toward expanding graduate offerings in the City. Additionally, the Master of Arts in Public Policy program will be relocating to the Manchester campus.

This fall, NEC will host a three-day residency for its Master of Science in Computer and Information Science in Manchester, a program that attracts graduate students from throughout the United States and around the world.

January 5-9, 2020 NEC will again host its highly regarded College Convention event, which attracts over 1,000 college and university students from across the United States. This is a once in a lifetime event where participants have the opportunity to come face-to-face with the people, issues, and processes that shape presidential primary campaigns, hosted at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel. 

President Perkins also announced that Darryl Furtkamp, an Associate Professor of Art at NEC, has accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of Art and Design and Tom Horgan, who has been Senior Advisor to NEC President, has been appointed Executive Director of Community Relations and Public Affairs. Furtkamp will be working in both Henniker and Manchester and Horgan will be working in Manchester.

As part of the merger process NEC is also assessing its facility needs in Manchester. To support campus planning, NEC has engaged commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield of Manchester to review the real estate portfolio and to assist in “right sizing” facilities for current and future campus needs. Properties in Manchester, Sharon, and Peterborough will be presented to potential buyers over the next several months. NEC will phase out activities in Sharon and Peterborough later this summer.

“Adjusting our owned, physical footprint is crucial to long-term success and was a central part of New England College’s planning since the inception of merger discussions. Only a select number of buildings will be marketed. The historic French building will not be offered for sale, and no student housing will be marketed,” said Perkins. Instructional needs of students and academic programs will guide decisions on facilities. Over time, NEC may seek to acquire additional space in Manchester to support new programs and expanding enrollments, both in art and design and other educational programs.


Brigadier General Donald Bolduc Joins New England College As “Scholar in Residence”

June 18, 2019

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32-Year U.S. Army Veteran, War Hero, Champion of Eliminating Stigma Surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress Will Teach at NEC in 2019/20.

The U.S. Army leader known to many as “Captain America” has a new mission: captivate and educate young minds at New England College. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc has agreed to become a “Scholar in Residence” at NEC. General Bolduc will be in front of the classroom this fall when school begins the 2019–2020 term. His responsibilities will be to teach two courses per term, lead campus events, participate in NEC special events and make himself available to students and faculty.

“I have long had a passion for teaching, for sharing my experiences and for offering wisdom to the next generation of leaders in this country, so I am thrilled to be joining New England College as a Scholar in Residence, where I hope to help shape young minds to tackle the challenges we face together as a nation,” says General Bolduc. “I’m ready to get started.”

General Bolduc has made a national name for himself off the battlefield. With his trusty therapy dog, Victor, by his side, the General offers his own experiences and stories as a living example of the struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from battle. He is a champion of shattering the stigma associated with mental health care and treatment. These stories and experiences will be central to the lessons General Bolduc will share with students and faculty at the College.

“It is an indescribable honor to have General Bolduc join our faculty at New England College; there is no doubt in my mind that our students and our staff will learn from his example and his experience,” says Dr. Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “Our school’s history includes deep-rooted connections to our military, so this is a natural fit with NEC’s mission.”

Founded after World War II to serve the servicemen and women looking to transition through education, New England College has a 70-year history of helping those who serve our country. NEC offers generous transfer policies that consider military experience and training as well as financial discounts for active duty service members and veterans.

Scholars in Residence at New England College typically spend one year in the role and, as such, are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the College in a variety of ways. Like all faculty, General Bolduc will have access to an office and administrative support at NEC. This fall, he will be teaching courses on leadership and homeland security. The purpose of this appointment is to bring to campus an individual with exceptional and unique experience, expertise and willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of our community.

“Last January, General Bolduc was the Founders’ Day speaker at New England College and he made an immediate impact on our students with his story and his passion, and so we began a conversation about how we could involve him more in our programs,” explains Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Vice President of Academic Affairs at New England College. “We knew his presence would have a lasting and positive impact on our students.”

General Bolduc is currently involved with the following organizations:

  • Appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to serve as a member of the Juvenile Parole Board
  • Senior Advisor for the Center of Naval Analysis that provides cutting-edge, expert analysis and high quality, impartial information for effective decision making
  • Advisor for Mission Readiness, Council for a Strong America consisting of retired admirals and generals strengthening national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit and stay out of trouble
  • Advisor for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit 501 organization that provides a variety of programs to assist wounded veterans in all branches of the United States Armed Forces
  • Advisor to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that specializes in training and pairing service dogs
  • Board member of Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. that provides multi-faceted, focused, trauma interventions to first responders and warriors who develop symptoms of PTS and combat-related PTS because of executing line of duty/service responsibilities
  • Active supporter of Veterans Count, a program of Easterseals to support Veterans
  • Board Advisor for Warriors Heart Foundation, a PTS and addiction treatment center for active military, veterans and first responders

New Early Childhood Education MEd and CAGS Begin Summer 2019

May 10, 2019

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Sponges. Perhaps no other word better describes the minds of young children. In fact, Dr. Maria Montessori—early childhood education pioneer and founder of the Montessori method—called young minds “absorbent,” soaking up the surrounding environment. Montessori recognized that a child’s early years lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and development. It’s no surprise, then, that early childhood education—birth to age eight—is so important.

“Young children need opportunities from which they can learn and grow and eventually become successful lifelong learners,” explains Dr. Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Senior Professor of Education at New England College. “Early educational experiences allow them to socialize, collaborate, and connect with other children both like and dissimilar to themselves. The importance of these formative years led us to develop advanced studies in early childhood education.”

Known for its high-quality education programs, NEC has offered a Master of Education (MEd) and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Education for some time, but neither path offered a concentration in Early Childhood Education. That changed when local professionals began looking for a program that would give them deeper knowledge of their field.

“These local educators learned about our Summer Institute and looked into NEC’s education programs. Not seeing an early childhood focus, they then asked if we could help them,” states Nitschke-Shaw, also the Program Director for NEC’s Summer Institute for Educators. “After seeing the interest from the early childhood community, we immediately started to develop an MEd/CAGS concentration for early childhood education.”

Two Paths to Deeper Understanding

Master of Education: Teachers and educational professionals who want to become certified or add a new certification complete 28 CORE credits and 9 ELECTIVE credits in their concentration. Learn more.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies: Experienced educational professionals who want to expand their knowledge and advance their careers complete 20 CORE credits and 12 ELECTIVE credits in their concentration. Learn more.

NEC’s new early childhood MEd/CAGS program begins July 1, 2019 with concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Early Childhood Administration. Teaching in the program, Nitschke-Shaw adds, are gifted early childhood educators who will provide cutting-edge learning opportunities that students can immediately apply in their classrooms. Students will also learn how to engage with and meet the needs of diverse populations.

“The early childhood classroom brings a very diverse population of young learners, all of whom arrive with unique talents, skills, and needs. Teachers need to be able to meet those needs in a supportive, caring environment that provides appropriate learning opportunities for each child,” advocates Nitschke-Shaw. “And parents bring their own set of needs and questions. We want to empower early childhood educators to meet parents’ needs as well.”

Why Pursue NEC’s MEd/CAGS in Early Childhood Education?

NEC’s MEd/CAGS programs focus on development and leadership so that educators can improve their instruction and achieve greater classroom success. That begins by learning from dedicated faculty members who provide real solutions for the real-world needs and goals of teachers and education professionals. From there, students develop individual research to craft solutions that will improve education or remove barriers to it within their own communities.

These programs align with national teacher training standards, which ensures that specific learning outcomes are met.

These programs are taught online by practitioner faculty with outstanding professional experience. Educators can advance their knowledge and careers in a convenient format that works with their busy schedules.

And then there’s peer support. “Being in a cohort and connecting with other educators going through NEC’s programs is very beneficial,” comments Heather Smith, who earned her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from New England College. Smith now uses her NEC experiences and training as a special education teacher in Florida. “It felt as though we were part of a team all cheering for and supporting each other. In order to adapt for our own students, teachers need to continue learning for themselves.”

Learn more about the MEd/CAGS in Early Childhood Education at New England College.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announced as 2019 Commencement Ceremony Speaker

April 1, 2019

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Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator to Address New England College 72nd Commencement Graduates.

New England College President Michele D. Perkins announced today that United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will serve as New England College’s commencement speaker on May 11, 2019.  Gillibrand has served in the Senate since 2009, and represented New York’s 20th Congressional District from 2007 to 2009. Senator Gillibrand recently announced her official campaign for president with a kickoff speech in New York City.

“I am delighted that Senator Gillibrand has agreed to serve as New England College’s featured commencement speaker this year,” said Perkins. “Throughout her time in the Senate, Senator Gillibrand has been a leader in some of the toughest fights in Washington. She led the effort to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy in the military; she wrote the STOCK Act, which made it illegal for members of Congress to financially benefit from inside information; and she won the long fight to provide permanent health care and compensation to the 9/11 first responders and community survivors. Senator Gillibrand is recognized for bringing Democrats and Republicans together to solve important national problems,” Perkins added.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the opportunity to address New England College’s 2019 graduates,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As these students leave college, it’s important they understand that although life presents us with many hardships, their education has instilled them with the courage and determination to overcome any obstacle and meet any challenge. These students are the leaders of tomorrow, and I’m excited to be with them as they take the first step on their journey.”

Senator Gillibrand is leading the fight to reform the justice system for sexual assault survivors in the military and on college campuses. In 2013, as chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, she held the first Senate hearing on the issue of sexual assault in the military in almost a decade, and has built a bipartisan coalition of Senators in support of her legislation. She has also built bipartisan support for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which would hold colleges accountable for sexual assault on their campuses.

After attending Albany’s Academy of Holy Names, Senator Gillibrand graduated in 1984 from the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York – the first all-women’s high school in the United States. A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in 1988, Gillibrand went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991 and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

During the New England College Commencement Ceremony Senator Gillibrand will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Board of Trustees in recognition of her career achievements and professional success. The ceremony will be held on the New England College Simon Green beginning at 11:00 AM.

New England College Announces New Board of Trustee Members

February 20, 2019

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Four Outstanding Leaders Join College.

New England College (NEC) is pleased to announce the election of four members to its Board of Trustees: Katherine Haley, Jay Lucas, Tom Stevens, and T. Clarke Smith. The new trustees bring diverse experience and expertise in higher education, investments, banking, and insurance to the College’s governing board.

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated individuals as Kate, Jay, Tom, and Clarke joining our Board,” said Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “The guidance, knowledge, and good counsel our trustees provide is critical to the continued success of New England College. We are grateful to these outstanding individuals for their commitment to the mission and vision of NEC as we continue to experience record enrollment growth and expansion.”    

About the New Board Members:

Katherine Haley
Katherine Haley is the former President of Gettysburg College (PA) and Whittier College (CA). She is Founder and President of Haley Associates, LLC, a higher education executive search and consulting firm in Manchester, NH. She advises colleges and universities on leadership succession, governance, and effective board performance. Prior to serving as the first woman President at both Gettysburg and Whittier, she was Provost and Professor of English at Kenyon College and Dean of Graduate Study and Director of General Education at Augustana College. Haley holds a PhD and AM from the University of Illinois and a BA from Tufts University.

Jay Lucas

Jay Lucas serves as Chairman and Managing Partner of The Lucas Group, a strategy consulting firm that he founded in 1991, focused on the specialized needs of private equity investors and their portfolio companies. Previously, he served as Vice President and Partner of Bain & Company. In addition, he is the founder and Managing Partner of LB Equity, a fund that invests in small growing brands in the beauty sector.  Lucas is a strong supporter of veterans, leading efforts in NH for Children of Fallen Patriots.  He is also founder of the Newport Sunshine Initiative, an effort to revitalize his hometown of Newport, NH.  Lucas earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, his JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, where he studied International Relations and Military History.

Tom Stevens

Tom Stevens served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Administrative Officer of KeyCorp from 2001 to 2013. Before joining KeyCorp in 1996, he was the Managing Partner of Thompson Hine, a large, national law firm based in Cleveland. At Thompson Hine, he served as the outside counsel for KeyCorp and Society Corporation for over two decades, as well as representing other publicly held clients such as Steris Corporation, Eaton Corporation, and American Consumer Products. He graduated with a JD degree from Duke University School of Law and received his BA degree, summa cum laude, from The State University of New York at Albany. Prior to joining the New England College Board, Stevens served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

T. Clarke Smith ’79

Clarke Smith currently serves as Vice President at International Special Risks, the largest marine intermediary insurance broker in the country. From November 2012 to April 2018, he served as President of Norman-Spencer Recreational Marine Operations. He has been underwriting marinas, boat dealers, boat manufacturers, boat rental operations, and yacht clubs for over 36 years. Previously, he served on the Association of Marina Industries Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016. He is currently a Board Member of the Boating Industry Risk Management Council and is a Founder of the Joe Namath Foundation. Smith holds a BA from New England College.

Dr. James Murtha named Campus Director of New Hampshire Institute of Art

January 31, 2019

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Seasoned Higher Education Executive to Lead Merger of Two Colleges.

As the merger of New England College (NEC) and the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) moves forward, NEC President Michele Perkins announced today that NEC Senior Vice President of Academic Alliances Dr. James Murtha will assume a new expanded role as Campus Director of NHIA overseeing all day-to-day operations of the Manchester campus effective immediately.

Looking ahead, President Perkins commented on her designation of Murtha: “With his vast experience and deep engagement guiding the merger process for NEC, I cannot think of anyone better than Jim Murtha to steer a course for NHIA.”

Current NHIA President Kent Devereaux, who will depart the Institute at the end of this academic year to pursue other opportunities, has been working with Dr. Murtha to affect a smooth transition. “I am excited about the future potential of NHIA as part of New England College,” said President Devereaux, “and I feel confident that Jim is the right person to lead this merger integration effort.”

Dr. Murtha’s long and diverse career in higher education includes service in a variety of senior positions. He served as University Dean at the City University of New York (CUNY), Vice President for Finance and Administration at Baruch College (CUNY), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The New School (home to the Parsons School of Design) and most recently Chief Information and Effectiveness Officer at the College of New Rochelle (NY). From 2012-2017, he headed Maguire Associates, Inc., a noted higher education consultancy. Now on leave as board member, Jim chaired the NEC Board from 2009 through 2017. A sociologist by training, Jim has taught at Columbia University, St. John’s University, and Baruch.

“I look forward to working with the dedicated faculty and staff at NHIA as we begin the process of integrating the Institute into New England College,” says Murtha. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to ensure the success of this merger and I am encouraged by the support and enthusiasm I have seen every time I visit the Manchester campus.”

On Thursday, January 31, NEC President Perkins, NHIA President Devereaux, Dr. Murtha and other senior staff met with NHIA students, faculty, and staff to provide them with an update on the merger of NEC and NHIA. Highlights included that Spring 2019 enrollment at NHIA has exceeded expectations and Fall 2019 applications are trending even higher. Information was also shared on a number of new programs now available to NHIA students including opportunities to participate in NEC’s just launched Esports program, the 2020 College Convention hosted by NEC in Manchester during the presidential primary, and a new visiting Artist-in-Residence partnership with the Currier Museum of Art.

NHIA will operate as a subsidiary of New England College during the initial phase of the merger. After a period of planning and program integration, both continuing classes and new students from NHIA will be enrolled as New England College students. The NHIA campus will continue to operate in Manchester as the Institute of Art & Design at New England College, and students from both campuses will have the opportunity to study at either campus location. Perkins noted “We believe students and faculty of both institutions will benefit from this merger.”

Let the Games Begin!

January 24, 2019

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New England College Officially Opens Esports Arena; Scholarships Available; Gaming Part of NEC Academic Programs; In Talks with ESPN for Tournament.

It looks like something from a movie set, but Henniker’s version of a Hollywood ending is just the beginning of a new blend of computer gaming and academic programs at New England College (NEC). The newly built Esports Arena is officially open for business. Creators of this advanced facility for students who are serious competitors in games like Fortnite and other live-action online games are confident it will be the centerpiece of a successful program on campus. Video gaming has been a popular activity for a long time, but esports is just now emerging as a competitive event at the collegiate level. NEC will be actively engaged from the start in this emerging field and organizers believe the school will quickly rise to the ranks of top programs in the country.

“Students learn through participating in competitive esports teams, the same skills and talents as other sports: leadership, communication, perseverance and determination,” explains Michele Perkins, President of New England College, who spearheaded development of the program. “Esports is closely connected to several of our school’s academic programs and this arena will be an exciting new platform for learning as well as a center for exciting competition.”

Esports coach Tyrelle Appleton told the crowd he has recently heard from ESPN and the NEC team will compete in the network’s opening qualifier for the Collegiate Esports Championship. “We are the premier gaming program in New England,” says Appleton. “We will happily accept all comers who want to challenge that statement, including our friends at SNHU. They may not know us now, but they soon will.” 

NEC student Trent Lyon is one of the first to be recruited to play esports for the school. The Texas native has been competing regionally in Fortnite competitions where he has made a name for himself in the esports community. “I’m immensely excited to be one of the first players in this program,” says Lyon. “I’m a 21st century Pilgrim, ready to lead into new worlds.”

New England College is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the governing body for esports. NACE’s purpose is to promote the education and development of students through intercollegiate esports participation. Member institutions share a common commitment to high standards through participation in organized esports competition and serve as an integral part of the total educational process. Although not part of the College’s varsity sports program, students do learn through participating in competitive esports teams.

As part of the program, President Perkins is making scholarship aid available for students who meet academic standards for esports. Institutional scholarships ranging from $22,000 and up will be based largely on student grade point averages and academic achievements. This is a co-ed program, currently offered at the club sport level, which will be regulated by NACE.

Program administrators believe the arena will be a magnet for many who wish to pursue careers in game design, game theory, and other related programs in this fast-growing professional field. “There may have been a time in the recent past that parents would be wary of sending their kids to college to play video games, but the games have changed,” explains President Perkins. “These games provide links to good-paying jobs in high-tech fields all around the country. These are 21st century careers and we are thrilled to offer a unique new doorway to these professional pathways.”

President Perkins recognized two corporate sponsors, Xsplit and EsportsGear, for donations of equipment and training to launch the arena. The program is based on Alienware hardware, which is considered the top platform in esports gaming worldwide. There will be 20-40 students involved in esports on campus in its first year. NEC officials are confident enrollment in esports games and related programs will grow rapidly. “There are no limits,” says President Perkins.

Serving Those Who Serve: Honoring Our Heritage

January 23, 2019

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NEC Celebrates 73rd Founders Day; Military Students Find Community.

Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc, United States Army, Retired


The United States Marine Corps battle cry came from the student section and echoed off the walls of Bridges Gymnasium. The gym—filled with students, regalia-clad faculty, and staff—served as the location for New England College’s annual Founders Day Celebration, held January 15, 2019.

Each year, the NEC community comes together to celebrate the College’s distinctive founding principle: to serve the educational needs of the country’s military men and women returning from service.

Our original World War II veterans returned home armed with expanded worldviews, the desire to learn more through higher education, and the new GI Bill to help finance their education. NEC’s founders recognized both the need and opportunity and had the wisdom, foresight, and dedication to establish New England College. In 1946, one year after the end of the war, NEC welcomed its first class with 68 students, 8 faculty, and 12 courses.

NEC enters its 73rd year in 2019 and now welcomes over 1,000 students on campus and over 1,800 online for more than 75 combined programs at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Since its founding, New England College’s purpose has branched out to students from all walks of life, but it continues to steadfastly welcome those who serve our country. And today’s digital world allows NEC to extend that same welcome to military students everywhere via our online platform.

Servicemembers face unique challenges and commitments. NEC understands that and offers online programs that help servicemembers complete their degrees as easily and efficiently as possible.

  • Associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree options
  • Academic credit given for military experience and prior coursework
  • Start anytime, anywhere: every seven weeks stateside or on deployment
  • Military partnerships with CDET, MARSOC, JSOU, and CCAF GEM
  • Uniquely affordable with further discounts for active-duty, military spouses and dependents, veterans, reservists, and National Guard

“Oorah!” It came confidently from the student section. Some in the audience looked to see which student called out. Others chuckled. Guest speaker Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc, United States Army, Retired paused. His response was simple, “That’s right.”

Bolduc began his motivating Founders Day Address by mentioning hooah, the battle cry of the United States Army, and its variations across the different military branches.

“What grabbed me was what Bolduc did during his military service. To think about him leading one of the first groups into Afghanistan on horseback…,” marvels Joshua Owen, a freshman Criminal Justice major at NEC and Marine. “When he started speaking and said, ‘Hooah,’ I felt that spark of motivation like when I first joined the Marine Corps. I just yelled out ‘oorah.’”

Owen enlisted out of high school and intended to serve in the military longer than he did, but he also wanted to attend college, with the hope of playing lacrosse. After two deployments to Iraq, it seemed like the right time and age to pursue his other goals. He reached out to Cameron Cassavaugh (’20, Biology with a Conservation Biology concentration).

Owen and Cassavaugh have quite the connection. They knew each other from attending Concord High School (New Hampshire) together. Cassavaugh also enlisted in the Marines out of high school, two years ahead of Owen. And, in an unlikely turn of events, they ended up in the same unit in Mosul, Iraq for Owen’s first deployment and Cassavaugh’s second.

“I had always wanted to go to college, but about halfway through my senior year of high school, I decided to join the military,” Cassavaugh explains. “Every man in my family, except my father, has served in the military, and I wanted to resume that tradition before going to college.”

After his honorable discharge, Cassavaugh narrowed his college search to two schools. He chose the New England College campus because “it’s local and provides the community I need.” While he believes NEC is accommodating to all students, he likes being on a military-friendly campus.

“I basically recruited Josh to NEC,” Cassavaugh laughs. During Owen’s second deployment, the two started talking about NEC, its benefits, and using the GI Bill to afford college. “At that point, Cam and I were pretty much talking every day,” Owen says.

Their military experience behind them, Owen and Cassavaugh continue to share the strong bond that was forged in high school and fortified during their service. “We definitely have a big brother/mentor relationship,” comments Cassavaugh. “We have a far greater maturity level and amount of life experience than most college students, so it’s nice to have that in common with others at NEC.”

New England College is proud of its commitment to provide higher education opportunities to military students and to be a military-friendly environment where servicemembers can find the community they’re looking for. Learn more at

New England College and New Hampshire Institute of Art Complete First Major Step in Merger Process

January 2, 2019

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Boards of Trustees of Both Institutions Approve Merger Plan; NEC Welcomes Students, Faculty, and Staff from NHIA

The merger of the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) into New England College (NEC) took a major step forward recently with the Boards of both institutions agreeing to enter into Phase One of a two-part merger agreement. “We have successfully begun the merger process of these two fine institutions and New England College is very pleased to welcome the students, faculty, and staff of NHIA into the New England College community,” said NEC Board Chair Lex Scourby.

NHIA, located in Manchester, enrolls approximately 350 students, primarily in undergraduate art and design programs. NEC in Henniker, has an undergraduate and graduate enrollment of nearly 2,800 students in a variety of undergraduate liberal arts, graduate, and professional programs, including offerings in art and design. The combined institution will maintain the name New England College, with NHIA anticipated to be named the Institute of Art and Design at New England College.

NHIA will operate as a subsidiary to New England College in Phase One. After a period of planning and program integration, both continuing classes and new students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art will be enrolled as New England College students (Phase 2). Plans are for the NHIA campus to continue to operate in Manchester as part of New England College, and students from both campuses will have the opportunity to study at either campus location.

The colleges announced last May that the two institutions would be merging to enhance the delivery of academic programs and streamline administrative services. Officials at the time stated that academic programs align particularly well in the areas of art, design, writing, and education and will be enhanced through joint marketing and programming efforts.

“We are excited to see this merger moving forward,” said NHIA Board Chair Tom Stevens. “This will allow the important educational work of NHIA to be both sustained and expanded in alliance with New England College. As the merger benefits are fully realized students can expect enhanced programs and expanded opportunities.”

The merger allows all current NHIA students, in good standing, to automatically enroll at New England College as soon as the Fall of 2019. Other than usual modest annual tuition increases, NHIA students can expect their costs of attendance to remain the same. NEC President Michele Perkins said, “Our goal from the beginning has been to improve the educational experiences of all our students and ensure the financial strength of the institutions. We will work hard to continue to live out the mission of both New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art as we bring our communities together into one entity.”

New England College Announces Purchase of Historic 20 Main Street Building

November 26, 2018

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College Expanding in Response to Growing Enrollments and Office Space Needs.

New England College has purchased an historic commercial building at 20 Main Street in Henniker, NH, to serve expanding needs for residential space for students and staff offices. The 27,000-square-foot building, located on the banks of the Contoocook River, was built in 1890 and through the years has been used for various small businesses and apartments.

“As New England College continues to grow our traditional undergraduate enrollment and expand into new academic program areas, in both graduate and online programs, the need for additional residential space for students and office space is also growing,” said President Michele Perkins. “By purchasing this important property, New England College is demonstrating our continued commitment to the Town of Henniker and to our shared development as an institution and a community.”

Sonny’s Main Street Restaurant, a landmark restaurant located in a storefront on the first floor of the building, will continue to operate and has signed a long-term lease. The top floors of the building have been used for apartments in recent years and the College expects to update the interiors and remodel the property to accommodate up to 26 students.  In addition to maintaining Sonny’s on the first floor, the College plans to relocate the Advancement department and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies into the building. Other offices will be relocated as needs arise.

As with any of the College’s non-academic buildings, New England College will continue to pay property taxes on the property. Currently, New England College is the largest property tax payer in Henniker.  “We are proud of our longstanding role in developing the community of Henniker and look forward to serving both our students and the community for generations to come,” said President Perkins.