Exploring the state of higher education, up close and personal.

2 weeks, 25 stops.

Larry Schall

As the new president of this venerable organization, I decided the best way I could fully understand the challenges and unique strengths of the schools we serve was to go out and see the institutions for myself, talk to their leaders, and even visit with some of their students. It’s a chance for me to learn about the extraordinary work going on at colleges and universities across New England during these extraordinary times when we are all so deeply impacted by the pandemic. It’s an opportunity to reach out to our members and share some of my early thoughts about where accreditation is going. And quite frankly, after months of working remotely (our tirelessly devoted staff is now working two days a week in the office for the foreseeable future), I’m eager to develop the helpful, supportive personal relationships that have always characterized the NECHE organization. And in addition to this blog, I will also be doing a podcast of my interviews so you can access that as well.  

Thanks for joining us our journey. I hope you enjoy the trip! 
-Larry

Latest Posts

An insightful conversation with a Man in the Know.
One of NECHE’s regular speakers at our Annual Meeting is Terry Hartle, longtime Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the American Council in Education (ACE). Terry spoke for …
A newsy update (and Dr. Fauci)!
Our first road trip has come to an end (it actually ended November 1, although we kept the posts coming for a few more weeks), and given the state …
Pit Stop #24: Pine Manor College
Once Betty and I staggered back to Boston after 13 days on the road, I realized we had only 23 posts in the bank, but had promised 25. A …
Pit Stop #23: University of Southern Maine
Today, the best known Speaker of the House in Maine is Sarah Gideon, who was hoping (unsuccessfully) to unseat sitting Senator Susan Collins. Today I met the former Speaker …
Pit Stop #22: University of New England
Our final stop before we headed home was a visit with NECHE Commissioner and University of New England (UNE) President James Herbert. With 1,600 miles of road behind us …
Pit Stop #21: College of the Atlantic
This afternoon was visit #21 and by now, you’d think we’d be getting a little tired of the whole road trip thing. Truth be told, we were tired and …
Pit Stop #20: University of Maine System
How’s this for a set of impressive careers? Lawyer, Mayor, Governor, and Chancellor. (I know I’m forgetting one, because I asked Chancellor Dan Malloy what he was planning for …
Pit Stop #19: University of Maine
Joan Ferrini-Mundy is a little over two years into her leadership of Maine’s flagship campus, the University of Maine –as well as the University of Maine at Machias, University …
Pit Stop #18: University of Maine at Augusta
(Caveat: The day we visited University of Maine at Augusta was not the best for showing off the beautiful campus. It was overcast and most of the leaves had …
Pit Stop #17: Bates College
For as long as I can remember, the trio of fine liberal arts colleges in Maine — Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby — have been in my consciousness. This morning …
Pit Stop #16: Community College System of New Hampshire
Our road trip began over a delightful dinner with Susan Huard, who serves as both a Commissioner of NECHE and Interim Chancellor of the Community College System of New …
Pit Stop #15: White Mountains Community College
They call it the North Country and guess what? It is very far north, with Berlin, New Hampshire, home of White Mountains Community College, just about sixty miles from …
The View from 800 Miles
I’m about halfway through my NECHE on the Road Trip — 25 stops at colleges and universities across New England, watching, observing, listening, and recording their leaders as they …
Pit Stop #14: American International College
It’s a real treat when one gets to meet up with an old friend. Vince Maniaci, President of the American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts and I were doctoral …
Pit Stop #13: Springfield Technical Community College
So, here’s a multiple choice question for you. How many square feet do you imagine the campus of Springfield Technical Community College encompasses? a) 50,000 square feet b) 100,000 …
Pit Stop #12: Mount Holyoke College
Over the course of my career, I have been on hundreds of college campuses, including some of the most beautiful ones in the country. I'm not easy to impress …
Pit Stop #11: Greenfield Community College
Double your pleasure, double your fun. What a treat it was to visit with both the President of Greenfield Community College, Yves Salomon-Fernandez, and the Chair of the Board, …
Pit Stop #10: Hampshire College
It’s October 22nd in Western Massachusetts, temperatures in the mid-70s, and delightfully sunny. I suppose it will get colder soon, but the glorious day allowed me to sit outside …
Pit Stop #9: Holyoke Community College
News Flash: I love to visit with leaders of our community colleges. They are so incredibly passionate about their work and committed to doing the hard and absolutely essential …
Pit Stop #8: New Hampshire University System
I was able to catch up with Chancellor (and NECHE Commissioner) Todd Leach over lunch at his office in Concord where we had a free-ranging conversation. Chancellor Leach has …

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NECHE on the Road is the brainchild of its new president, Lawrence Schall, as a pathway to forge close personal and professional relationships with leaders in the higher education community that NECHE serves. There will also be a podcast of Larry’s interviews with the institutional leaders linked to each post. Buckle up and come along!

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