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 problem easily fixed, of course. I decided to request a visit with President Tom O’Reilly at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, thirty minutes from…Continue readingPit Stop #24: Pine Manor College

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 Glenn Cummings, who is equally impressive and now five years into his presidency of the University of Southern Maine (USM). After serving as Speaker, Glenn worked…Continue readingPit Stop #23: University of Southern Maine

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 and the fabulous city of Portland as our last rest stop, we were able to meet James in his office on UNE’s Portland campus. Biddeford is…Continue readingPit Stop #22: University of New England

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 the day turned cold and rainy, with the forecast of snow overnight. It was still October for heaven’s sake! Welcome to New England, I guess. So,…Continue readingPit Stop #21: College of the Atlantic

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 his sixth career.) When I asked which of his jobs had caused him to lose the most sleep, Malloy answered candidly, “Pretty much each one.” He…Continue readingPit Stop #20: University of Maine System

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 of Maine’s 240-acre regional campus on the coast. She brings an extraordinary background to her role, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of the National Science…Continue readingPit Stop #19: University of Maine

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 blown and gone home for the winter. So Betty decided to take photos of UMA’s great outdoor sculpture — with the campus in the background. Just…Continue readingPit Stop #18: University of Maine at Augusta

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 it was my pleasure to personally visit Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Here’s a geography quiz for you: How far is Lewiston from its twin city…Continue readingPit Stop #17: Bates College

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 Hampshire. CCSNH oversees seven institutions: Great Bay Community College, Lakes Region Community College, Manchester Community College, Nashua Community College, River Valley Community College, White Mountains Community…Continue readingPit Stop #16: Community College System of New Hampshire

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 Canadian border. Betty and I arrived in the North Country on a Sunday, put on our hiking boots and a whole lot of layers, and…Continue readingPit Stop #15: White Mountains Community College