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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.

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 Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to Speak at New England College Commencement

March 15, 2016

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Poet Laureate Chard deNiord also Honored –

Hassan-Maggie-Governor2New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will speak at New England College’s 69th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Governor Hassan will congratulate the graduates and highlight the important role that they will continue to play in New Hampshire’s economy and vibrant civic society.  For her many contributions and service to the state, Governor Hassan will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.  The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the Simon Green located at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.

Governor Hassan is an exceptional leader in New Hampshire,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.  “She has dedicated her life to public service and is known for her ability to bring people together to solve problems and protect the state’s high quality of life.  I know she will inspire our entire community on this special day.”

“I am honored to join the New England College Class of 2016,” Governor Hassan said.  “I look forward to congratulating graduates and praising their investment in an education that will produce benefits for years to come.  I am confident that the hard work and dedication that these students have put into their education will have a lasting impact on the future of our communities and state.”

Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.  Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor has successfully developed two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets, launched an “Innovate NH” jobs plan, created greater access to healthcare, and has led efforts to modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure, among many other accomplishments.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission.  Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.  The Governor earned her BA from Brown University and her JD from the Northeastern School of Law.

Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of VermontAnother special guest at New England College’s Commencement will be Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of Vermont.  DeNiord is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire (1990), Sharp Golden Thorn (2003), Night Mowing (2005), The Double Truth (2011), Interstate (2015), and the book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs (2011).

For over a decade Chard deNiord taught at private schools while publishing poems.  He currently teaches at Providence College where he was named the tenth recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award.

Chard deNiord has a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College.  In 2002, he co-founded New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and led the program for five years.  For his artistic accomplishments and commitment to the teaching of literature and language, Chard deNiord will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Commencement.

Presidential Town Hall Meetings Shine Spotlight on NEC

February 8, 2016

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NEC Student asks Secretary Clinton a question during Clinton’s town hall meeting

As campaigning for the 2016 NH Presidential Primary comes to a close, Saturday’s town hall meeting with Secretary Hillary Clinton attracted national and international attention. According to New England College Professor of Political Science, Wayne Lesperance, “With Secretary Clinton’s visit today, New England College has now hosted every major candidate running for President in our First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary. New England College once again affirms it is where the road to the White House begins! We should all be proud of our college.”

Sponsored by New England College’s Center for Civic Engagement, the presidential, and other political candidate, town halls provide critical access and engagement for students and the community. Please visit the links below to see a small sampling of news coverage from the College’s recent town hall with Secretary Clinton:

Los Angeles Times | PBS NewsHour | CNN

NEC Hosts “Come Ask Hillary Anything” Event

February 5, 2016

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Please join Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Saturday, February 6 in the Simon Center Great Room.

Doors will open for Secretary Clinton’s “Come Ask Hillary Anything” event at 2:45 PM. You are encouraged but not required to register for this event: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/1617936/

Space is limited, so attendance is first come, first served.

Secretary Clinton’s event is the fifteenth in a series of NEC town hall meetings featuring announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.

Learn more: www.nec.edu/events/former-secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton-town-hall-meeting

NEC Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Jeb Bush

January 29, 2016

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bush-jebNew England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 4:00 PM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

Bush’s Town Hall Meeting is one in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.

Learn more: www.nec.edu/events/governor-jeb-bush-town-hall-meeting

Senator Rand Paul: Town Hall Meeting

September 16, 2015

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Rand Paul V1New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul, Friday, September 25, 2015, at 2:00 PM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

Paul’s Town Hall Meeting is the eighth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring potential and announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College. #NHPSC2016.

Learn more about Sen. Rand Paul, M.D. at www.randpaul.com

AutoFair President Andy Crews Presented Honorary Degree Hood From New England College

July 1, 2014

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Andy Crews and President Perkins

On Thursday, June 26 New England College presented Andy Crews, President and CEO of AutoFair, a framed hood for his many contributions in the state of New Hampshire.  The hood represents the Honorary Degree of Humane Letters that was awarded to Mr. Crews in January during New England College’s annual Founders Day celebration.  Founders Day is a campus tradition that gathers students, parents, staff and faculty to honor the College’s founding members and acknowledge its’ achievements.

Andy Crews is President and Chief Executive Officer of AutoFair, a New Hampshire-based business consisting of a number of auto dealership franchises.   In 2009, Andy was honored as one of the Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” for his significant business achievements and his community leadership philosophy.  Andy’s resume is long with military service, board memberships, and philanthropic involvement, and reads like a truly American story of success.

“It is an honor to present Andy Crews with this framed doctoral hood,” said Dr. Michele Perkins, President, New England College.  “Andy’s dedication and contributions to the state are remarkable and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize him.”

“Andy Crews has been an incredible success story for the city of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire,” said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  “He’s hard working in his profession and in his commitment to serving the community.  Being recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments and receiving an honorary degree from New England College – one of our state’s hidden jewels – is a great honor I know Andy will cherish.”

Andy’s employees proudly applaud his achievements.  “Andy is an entrepreneur, a leader, a goal-oriented, make-it-happen type guy,” said employee Jason LaCroix, General Manager of AutoFair Honda.  “Since joining the AutoFair Team in 2006, Andy has been the driving force in growing the business from three franchise dealerships to seven, and employing over 550 people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Andy is a great inspiration to all of us.  He is a self-made man starting in the business as a technician and working through all the ranks.  He has become a great leader in the community working with local and statewide charities, community leaders and supporting everyone around him.”

The celebration of Founders Day at New England College was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of the founding faculty, administration, and students of the College.  Founded in 1946 to serve the educational needs of the country’s military men and women returning from World War II, New England College sought to expand the horizons of a new generation of students.    Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Convocation in September and Commencement in May.


New England College Hosts Senator Sylvia Larsen

April 24, 2014

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As part of its popular President’s Speaker Series, New England College will host New Hampshire State Senator Sylvia Larsen on Monday, April 28 at 6 PM.

Senator Larsen 2014

Senator Sylvia Larsen

Demonstrating its long-standing commitment to civic engagement, New England College’s Center for Civic Engagement hosts the President’s Speaker Series to bring influential leaders from all industries to campus.  Students join the community in asking candid questions, learning about topical issues, and having access to outside perspectives.  During Presidential elections, the Center for Civic Engagement hosts a national College Convention, sharing extraordinary access to the State’s first in the nation primary activity.  The Center also oversees the NEC Polling Institute which has become a popular resource for national and local media and private clientele looking to gather important data.  New England College offers a rich Masters in Public Policy program and continues to steward important relationships with organizations and individuals involved in industries such as government, politics, and civic service.

Senator Larsen is serving her tenth term representing District 15 which includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner.  For the 2013-14 legislative session, Senator Larsen serves as the Vice Chairman of the Capital Budget Committee and member of the Senate Finance and Joint Fiscal Committees.  She is the Senate Minority Leader and was New Hampshire’s longest serving female Senate President from 2006-2010.  For two of those years, Senator Larsen led the nation’s first legislative body that included a majority of women, with 13 out of 24 senators being female.

“We are thrilled that Senator Larsen will be joining us at New England College to speak about her experiences and ideas,” said Michel Perkins, New England College President.

Senator Larsen will address students, faculty, staff and community members in the Simon Center Great Room in the center of New England College’s campus.


About Sylvia Larsen

In the course of her 20 years in the Senate, Sylvia Larsen was the prime sponsor of a first-in-the-nation tax-free college tuition savings plan, the Unique Plan. She sponsored laws establishing the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), Healthy Kids and workforce housing opportunities. More recently, she co-sponsored legislation to raise the high school dropout age, to ban the burning of demolition debris, to establish a research and development tax credit for business, establish a state code of ethics and to reinstate the state’s job training fund, including a Pathway to Work program for unemployed persons establishing self-employment.

Senator Larsen’s legislative priorities include funding education, to include higher education; promoting job growth; expanding workforce housing; establishing affordable health care; safeguarding our environment; and advancing property-tax relief. In 2007, Larsen was named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Counties. Her successful efforts to establish the unique college savings program led the New Hampshire College and University Council to recognize her with a New Hampshire Higher Education Partnership Award in 2007.