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Manchester Mayor to Serve as Keynote Speaker at New England College Founders Day Celebration Will Receive Honorary Degree

The Honorable Joyce Craig, Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire

The Honorable Joyce Craig, Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire

New England College (NEC) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Joyce Craig, Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, will address the faculty, staff, administration, and students of NEC and receive an honorary degree at the College’s annual Founders Day celebration Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

“I am delighted Mayor Craig accepted our invitation to be this year’s keynote speaker,” states Dr. Michele Perkins, President of NEC. “Our merger with the former New Hampshire Institute of Art expands New England College’s footprint into Manchester, and we are proud to have a second campus in the heart of New Hampshire’s largest city. Mayor Craig champions many of the values NEC holds dear—ethical and responsible citizenship, social justice, respect for all individuals, imaginative and innovative approaches to all endeavors—and our community looks forward to hearing from her as we celebrate the 74th anniversary of our founding.”

Craig, a native of Manchester, serves as the city’s 48th Mayor and has begun her second term as the city’s first woman elected to that position. In 2007, Craig won a seat on the Manchester School Board and was then elected to the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen. As Mayor, Craig has engineered innovative partnerships that bring new employment opportunities to Manchester, has made the city safer by reducing violent crime and substance abuse rates, and has worked hard to improve public education so that families and businesses want to stay in Manchester.

“Manchester is a city on the move with a bright future, and I have seen firsthand the same is true for students at New England College,” comments Craig. “I care deeply about education—and ensuring all students have the opportunity to live up to their full potential. NEC and I share that commitment, so I take it as a high compliment to be invited to speak at this year’s Founders Day.”

“It is a pleasure to host Mayor Craig and honor her as she continues to prioritize innovation, collaboration, and education,” President Perkins adds. “As New England College was founded to serve the educational needs of our country’s military men and women returning from World War II it is fitting to recognize a public servant who is such a strong advocate for the power of education.”

NEC’s Founders Day celebration will be held in Bridges Gymnasium on the College’s Henniker campus Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend.