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 work of changing the course of their students’ lives. Christina Royal, President of Holyoke Community College (HCC), located in the heart of beautiful Pioneer Valley of…Continue readingPit Stop #9: Holyoke Community College

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 presided over the four public state universities in New Hampshire for seven years, after a term as President of one of those four, Granite State College.…Continue readingPit Stop #8: New Hampshire University System

Pit Stop #7: Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

I suspect my visit to Thomas More College of Liberal Arts will be among the most surprising stops on my road trip. I admit that I knew nothing about the college when I came to New England, and though I learned a bit more about Thomas More in my first months on the job, I…Continue readingPit Stop #7: Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Pit Stop #6: University of New Hampshire

My last stop of the second day took me to Durham, New Hampshire, home of the state’s flagship, The University of New Hampshire. By the time I arrived on campus, the cloudy day had turned sunny and beautiful, and as I walked the campus for about an hour, I was thrilled to encounter lots of…Continue readingPit Stop #6: University of New Hampshire

Pit Stop #5: Rivier University

The middle stop on ​Day 2​ of the ​NECHE ​road trip was ​in ​Nashua, New Hampshire, home of Rivier University, a four year Catholic institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Rivier was founded in 1933 and ​name​d​ after the Blessed Anne-Marie Rivier, Foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Her mission​,​ which very much lives on…Continue readingPit Stop #5: Rivier University

Pit Stop #4: Manchester Community College

Founded in 1945 as a school to train and educate returning veterans, Manchester Community College today enrolls more than 3,500 students, making it the second largest of the seven New Hampshire Community Colleges. An additional 2,000 students enroll in MCC’s Running Start program enabling high school students to take college courses for dual high school…Continue readingPit Stop #4: Manchester Community College

Pit Stop #3: Saint Anselm College

Less than ten miles down the road from SNHU on our NECHE Road Trip, we pulled into beautiful Saint Anselm College. St. A’s, as it is fondly known to locals, is a Benedictine liberal arts college of about 2,000 students. Founded in 1889, it is the third oldest Catholic college in New England and sits on…Continue readingPit Stop #3: Saint Anselm College

Pit Stop #2: Southern New Hampshire University

 OK, so who among you hasn’t seen at least one TV advertisement for Southern New Hampshire University? That would be no one. But I also expect that almost no one knows the nearly 100-year history of this mega-university, including me (until yesterday).   Upon its founding in 1932, SNHU (affectionately pronounced “snoo”) was named The New Hampshire Accounting…Continue readingPit Stop #2: Southern New Hampshire University

Who’s behind the wheel?

As you may have deduced by my use of the plural pronoun “we,” I am one of two. And my #2 is my co-pilot (backseat driver) and wife Betty Londergan. I decided she was an essential part of this road trip not just because being away from her and home for two weeks would be lonely; Betty is also a big talent and I knew this project could use her…Continue readingWho’s behind the wheel?

Pit Stop#1 : Boston Architectural College

Before we kicked off NECHE on the Road, I had planned to visit a nearby institutional neighbor, The Boston Architectural College (BAC). Its President, Mahesh Daas, and I share some history, as we were both doctoral students at the University of Pennsylvania, though at different times–a decade apart, in fact. As you will easily be…Continue readingPit Stop#1 : Boston Architectural College