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New England College President Michele Perkins Elected to NAICU Board

New England College President Michele D. Perkins, EdD

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has announced the election of new officers and board members, including Michele Perkins, EdD, President of New England College (NEC). The three-year term board appointment for Perkins and other campus leaders (representing the association’s eight national regions) will begin at the 2018 NAICU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.

NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy, actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives, and oversee the organization’s financial administration.

“These are particularly challenging times for all of higher education and especially for small independent colleges like New England College,” said President Perkins. “I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to represent the New England Region on this important national higher education board. I look forward to being a voice for good public policy issues for both students and the independent, non-profit colleges and universities they attend.”

Dr. Perkins holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Theatre and Performance Studies from Northwestern University and Emerson College, respectively. She earned her Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Perkins’ academic research interests include organizational change in the small college and leadership decision-making.

Prior to becoming President of New England College in 2007, Dr. Perkins served as Interim President, Senior Vice President and Vice President for Enrollment Management at NEC. Prior to joining the college, she had a distinguished career at a number of higher education institutions including: New York Law School, Trinity College (CT), and Emerson College. She has worked as an independent higher education consultant in enrollment management and marketing for a number of private, non-profit colleges.

Throughout her career Dr. Perkins has served on numerous higher education, civic, and non-profit boards including; Emerson College (current), Council of Independent Colleges (past), New Hampshire College & University Council (current/past chair), Campus Compact for New Hampshire (current/past chair), Commissioner, vice chair and executive committee member for the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission (current), Commissioner to the New England Board of Higher Education (current), Steering Committee member for the New Hampshire Forum on the Future (current), Member of the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education (current), member of the Presidents’ Council for Project Pericles (current), and the New England Council (current). Additionally, she has served on the Board of the Champlain Arts Theatre Company and for many years has been a judge for the New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud state finals competition.


NAICU serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of independent higher education in the United States. Since 1976, the association has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation. Our member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, art and design colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women’s colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.