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GBCC selects new president

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 18. 2018 8:41PM


PORTSMOUTH — Great Bay Community College will have a new president this fall.

The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) announced Monday it voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Pelema I. Morrice as the new president of Great Bay Community College.

Morrice, who was recommended for the position by CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell, succeeds Dr. Wildolfo Arvelo, who departed last fall to become Director of Economic Development for the state.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Morrice to Great Bay Community College and the Community College System of New Hampshire,” said Jeremy Hitchcock, chairman of the CCSNH board of trustees, in a statement.

“We were impressed by his vision for higher education, his passion for community colleges, and the professional experiences that have enabled him to develop into an innovative and strategic leader. We are excited about what he can bring to the college and system as our sector faces new opportunities to serve students and support a changing economy.”

“Community colleges changed my life,” Morrice said. “As a high school student from a low-income, single parent household, imagining that I’d earn a Ph.D. and go on to guide strategic efforts at leading educational institutions would have seemed impossible. But a community college was a true launching pad for me, as it has been for so many in our society.”

Prior to his appointment at Great Bay, Morrice served as Vice Provost at the University of Missouri, heading up enrollment management and strategic development.

Morrice previously served as Chief Enrollment Officer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where his accomplishments included increasing applications, enrollment and retention and leading revenue enhancement programs, and at the University of Nebraska Omaha as Associate Vice Chancellor in the Academic and Student Affairs Division, responsible for enrollment management, admissions and financial aid, student success efforts, dual enrollment and community college transfer programs, and marketing and communications.

He began his career in higher education as a financial aid counselor at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

“Pelema’s experience includes helping institutions navigate transformational change, collaborating with faculty, staff, and community partners to achieve institutional advancement and student success, and pursuing economic development strategies that enhance an institution’s value to students and stakeholders,” said Gittell in a statement. “He brings great energy and passion to the role, in addition to a real excitement to lead a talented team at Great Bay.”

Morrice holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Psychology from San Jose State University. He began his postsecondary education pathway at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, Calif.

Morrice is completing an Executive MBA at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will start his new position at Great Bay in August.

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