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April 21. 2014 3:58PM

3 finalists named for NHTI president

CONCORD — Three veteran educators have been named finalists for the presidency of New Hampshire Technical Institute, with community forums to introduce each candidate scheduled this week.

Lynn Kilchenstein stepped down in December after 10 years as president of the community college. Vice president of student life Stephen Caccia of Concord has been serving as interim president since her departure.

The finalists were selected by a search committee chaired by trustee Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Dyn, a Manchester-based technology company; and Susan Huard, president of Manchester Community College.

Ross Gittell, chancellor of the community college system, said feedback from the public will be welcome after the introductory sessions. “The candidates’ visit to the college is an important element of the next phase of the search, which is to select the person we believe will be the best choice for NHTI’s next president and one of the leaders of our statewide community college system,” he said.

It will ultimately be Gittell who will select a candidate to recommend to the Community College System board of trustees.

The finalists and their public forums are:

Howard Davis, director of e-Learning for the Academic Consortium for Global Education in Carefree, Ariz. He will meet the public Thursday at 12:05 p.m. in Grappone Hall room 106. Davis served as vice president of online education at the Boston Architectural College in Boston and as academic dean/chief learning officer for SNHU Online at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

James J. Ahern Jr., Ph.D., who served as vice president for academic and student affairs at Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa, Va. He will meet the public Friday at 12:05 p.m. in Grappone Hall room 106. Ahern, a resident of Saxis, Va., has also served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at Ivy Tech Community College – Southwest in Evansville, Ind., and as vice president for academic affairs/academic dean at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky

Susan B. Dunton, Ph.D., a higher education consultant with Ayers and Associates of Arlington, Va. She will meet the public Monday at 12:05 p.m. in Sweeney Hall room 122. A resident of Cambridge, Mass., Dunton served as academic dean of Bethel University, College of Liberal Arts in McKenzie, Texas; as provost of Fisher College in Boston; and associate dean of Lesley College in Boston.


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