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April 21, 2014 - Finalists Named for NHTI President Position

Community forums scheduled to introduce candidates to college and public

Concord, NH - Three individuals have been named as finalists for the presidency of NHTI-Concord’s Community College in Concord, NH, part of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH).   Members of the college community and the public are invited to attend a community forum scheduled for each candidate.  Information on the finalists and the scheduled forums is below.  Forums will be held on the NHTI campus in Concord, NH.

Ross Gittell, Chancellor of New Hampshire’s community college system, said that he is pleased with the professional experience of the finalists, their passion for the community college mission to support students’ educational and economic aspirations, and their awareness of opportunities before NHTI to develop innovative strategies to meet a changing higher education landscape.  

The finalists were selected by a search committee comprised of representatives of NHTI faculty, staff and students; representatives of the local business and civic community;  NHTI’s advisory board; CCSNH trustees and a fellow community college president.   The search committee is chaired by trustee Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Dyn, a Manchester-based technology company; and Susan Huard, president of Manchester Community College.    

Gittell encouraged members of the college and community to attend the public forums to hear from the finalists and provide feedback to the search committee.  “The candidates’ visit to the college is an important element of the next phase of the search, which is to select the person we believe will be the best choice for NHTI’s next president and one of the leaders of our statewide community college system,” he said.  Working with the search committee at the end of the finalist process, Gittell will select a candidate to recommend to the Community College System board of trustees for appointment.

VP of Student Life Stephen Caccia of Concord has served as Interim President of NHTI since Lynn Kilchenstein stepped down in December 2013 after 10 years as president.

Finalist Candidates:  (Additional biographical information will be available at the public forums) 

Finalist:   Howard Davis
Community Forum Schedule:   Thursday, April 24, 12:05 p.m., Grappone Hall Room 106

Howard Davis, of Tucson, AZ, is presently Director of e-Learning for the Academic Consortium for Global Education in Carefree, AZ.  He previously served as Vice President of Online Education at the Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA; and as Academic Dean/Chief Learning Officer, SNHU ONLINE at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.  Additional prior experience includes serving as Director of Instructional Technology and Director, Digital Media Lab at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.  Teaching experience includes courses in college writing and literature at Tunxis Community-Technical College, Farmington, CT. 

Mr. Davis holds a Master of Arts in Literature from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA; and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yeshiva University in New York, NY. 

Finalist:  James J. Ahern Jr., PhD
Community Forum Schedule:   Friday, April 25, 12:05 p.m., Grappone Hall Room 106

James Ahern, Jr. of Saxis, VA most recently served as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa, VA.  He has also served as  Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College –Southwest in Evansville, IN; and as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Prior professional experience includes administrative positions at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, NY and Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, NY.    Teaching experience includes history courses at institutions that include Antioch College, the University of Michigan-Flint, Roanoke College, Ulster County Community College, Cazenovia College, and Ivy Tech Community College.  

Dr. Ahern holds a Doctorate in History, a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Technology Education, and a Master of Arts degree in History from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History magna cum laude from Roanoke College in Salem, VA. 

Finalist:  Susan B. Dunton, PhD
Community Forum Schedule:   Monday, April 28, 12:05 p.m., Sweeney Hall Room 122

Susan Dunton of Cambridge, MA is presently a higher education consultant with Ayers and Associates of Arlington, VA.  She served as Academic Dean of Bethel University, College of Liberal Arts in McKenzie, TX; Provost of Fisher College in Boston, MA; and Associate Dean of Lesley College in Boston, MA.  Prior experience includes serving as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA; Director of Advanced Learning and Research at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Averett University in Danville, VA.  Teaching experience includes courses in management, human resources and career development at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO and Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. 

Dr. Dunton earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT; a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services and a Master of Music Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC; and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She attended the management development program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. 

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January 29, 2014 - Search Committee Named for NHTI President Search

The committee is co-chaired by CCSNH Trustee Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Dyn Inc., a Manchester-based technology company, and Susan Huard, president of Manchester Community College. The other members include:
CCSNH Trustee Kathy Bogle Shields, Executive Director of the NH Community Development Finance Authority;
Charles Lloyd, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs at NHTI;
Matt Wood, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at NHTI;
Professor Donna Clougherty, Dental Auxiliary Department Head at NHTI;
Professor Laura Morgan, Accounting Dept. and President of Faculty Forum at NHTI;
Professor Frank Polito, Department Head of Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology,  and Animation and Graphic Game Programming at NHTI;
Benjamin Breault, NHTI student, Accounting major;
Sheri Gonthier, Financial Aid Director at NHTI;
Kristyn VanOstern, CCSNH Director of Strategic Planning and Projects;
David Luneau, NHTI Advisory Board member and President of ClassCo., Inc.;
Diane Wood Allen, NHTI Advisory Board member and Vice President, Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Concord Hospital;
Stephen M. Duprey, President, FoxFire Property Management;
Christopher Clement, Commissioner, NH Dept. of Transportation.

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