New England College Announces Several New Leadership Appointments
Additions to administrative staff will help ensure NEC’s continued growth and success in the years ahead.
New England College President Michele Perkins recently announced several new additions to the administrative staff of the College. “We are off to a great start to the 2017-18 academic year with record numbers in enrollment and fundraising, alumni participation, and historic achievement in facility improvement, financial gains, athletic success, and positive media. I look forward to our continued growth and success as we build our NEC team and am confident we will achieve even greater heights in the years to come.” President Perkins commented in making the following announcements.
Marie Muhvic has been appointed Vice President for Advancement. Marie most recently worked at Fairfield University, where she was a major gifts officer, primarily for athletic facility projects. She has an impressive track record of major gift fundraising, having secured over $30 million for Fairfield University over the last four years. Muhvic will report directly to President Perkins and will oversee all Advancement Office programs and activities.
Carol Thomas has been promoted to Vice President of Technology and Marketing Communications, overseeing all of information technology, marketing (including the website) and undergraduate admissions. Thomas has considerable experience in undergraduate admissions, having worked for or consulted with numerous public and private, selective and open enrollment institutions across her career. These institutions ranged from Dartmouth College, where she served in admissions and financial aid to, most recently, Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH, where she served as Vice President of Information Technology. As a consultant her focus was on higher education technology leadership and management, with a specific focus on admissions and enrollment.
Jeffrey Brown has been named Interim Vice President for New Business Development. Brown will report directly to President Perkins and will be responsible for negotiating and securing major partnerships with businesses and organizations for both graduate and online programs. NEC has had ongoing success with individual hybrid programs held at various businesses and health care organizations and Brown will be working on large projects to secure significant B-to-B agreements, in both online and hybrid formats, enrolling students in existing academic programs. Immediately prior to joining NEC Brown served as Senior Vice President and Associate Professor of Education at the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, VT. In this role he was instrumental in the development of several new academic programs and worked closely with the community and regional groups to create new opportunities for students and the college.
Dr. Sherry Kollmann will join NEC as Associate Vice President of Strategic Online and Business Partnership Programs (a newly created position). Kollmann will provide entrepreneurial vision and leadership to the nontraditional undergraduate and graduate program growth of New England College, particularly in the online arena. Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Matt Wood and working closely with Dean of Graduate Studies Nelly Lejter, Kollmann will analyze the long term viability for existing and new programs, develop comprehensive business plans for specific programs and delivery models, work collaboratively with Drs. Wood and Lejter to ensure optimal program development, and oversee implementation of such plans as they are approved.
Kollmann is joining NEC from Southern New Hampshire University where she served as Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs. While at SNHU she provided oversight for curriculum development, data analytics, and was responsible for academic integrity and quality curriculum and instruction for the College of Online and Continuing Education’s undergraduate business programs serving over 18,000 students. She brings a strong background in creating new program development as it relates to industry needs. She will assist NEC in bringing to market academically and financially sound and compelling program offerings.
“We have a real need and an opportunity to rethink how we position and market New England College to prospective students, to non-traditional and graduate students, and to businesses, friends and donors,” said President Perkins. “I am confident with these new appointments, and with the continued assistance and strong support of our wonderful faculty and staff, New England College will continue to grow and serve our students and community in the years ahead.” Perkins concluded.