Interim President Named for NHTI

Dr. Cathryn Addy

Concord, NH -  The board of trustees of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) has appointed Dr. Cathryn Addy interim president of NHTI, Concord’s Community College.  The appointment is for the duration of the academic year, September 10, 2018 to May of 2019 during which time the system will conduct a search for a successor to the presidency. 

“I am pleased to bring forward the recommendation of Dr. Addy,” said Dr. Ross Gittell, the Chancellor of CCSNH.  “She comes with a very strong record of college leadership and campus and community collaboration. I believe her skills will serve the college well during this time as NHTI looks to the next chapter in its strong history of providing exceptional educational and professional opportunities for NH residents and service to greater Concord community.”

Dr. Addy is President Emeritus of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. She served Tunxis as its president from 1993 until her retirement in July of 2017. While at Tunxis, she led the college in doubling enrollment and oversaw development of a master plan that resulted in the addition of classroom and library facilities and the renovation of existing space deigned to be more student-centered.

Prior to becoming President of Tunxis, Dr. Addy served as the President of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, as the academic dean at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, as founding campus director of the North Campus of Williamsport Area Community College in Pennsylvania, as Dean of Student Services and counselor at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, and as an English professor at Auburn Community College in Auburn, New York.

Dr. Addy has been involved in numerous community activities, served on a wide variety of boards for non-profit organizations, and has been recognized for her leadership at the local and state levels. She has written articles published by professional publications and newspapers, and a book, The President’s Journey, which has been used as a resource to prepare community college presidents.  At Tunxis she also taught Humanities courses, taught Composition and Sociology at a state youth correctional facility, and spent time each week in the Tunxis Academic Support Center tutoring students.

Dr. Addy, originally from Wichita, Kansas, earned her B.A. degree in English from Kansas State University, her M.A. in English from SUNY- Oswego, and her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I am honored to have been selected for this post,” said Dr. Addy.  “NHTI has a long history of educational excellence and transforming lives.  As rich as its history is, NHTI has an even greater role to play in the dynamic New Hampshire economy of the present and future. As interim president over the course of the upcoming year, I will be committed to the ongoing success of this institution and its students, and look forward to working with a very talented and dedicated faculty and staff.” 

Jeremy Hitchcock, chairman of the CCSNH board of trustees which oversees all seven of NH’s community colleges, said, “Dr. Cathryn Addy brings decades of experience in community college leadership and a strong understanding of issues important to students, faculty, staff and taxpayers as institutions evolve and adapt to changing needs and opportunities.  We look forward to working with her and to her contributions as interim president.”