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September 10. 2013 9:20PM

Executive Councilor Van Ostern tapped as College for America’s new marketing director

MANCHESTER — Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern has let constituents and supporters know he has been hired as the director of marketing for Southern New Hampshire University’s innovative new College for America.

Van Ostern, a Concord Democrat, represents council District 2 and had been employed as brands manager at Stonyfield Farm for the past three years.

College for America is SNHU’s competency-based associate’s degree program recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education. It allows students to receive a degree based on their knowledge of the material rather than through the traditional credits program.

Van Ostern noted in a letter to friends and supporters Tuesday that the college was “cited by President Obama last month in his major policy address about how to fix higher education.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such an important mission and something so big, bold and potentially disruptive,” Van Ostern, 34, wrote.

He wrote that he will begin his new post on Oct. 1.

— John DiStaso,Senior Political Reporter


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