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NECC Announces Presidential Search Committee

Northern Essex Community College has announced the formation of a committee to guide the search for a new president to replace current president, David F. Hartleb, who announced in June that he will retire in June of 2011 after leading the college for 15 years.

The Presidential Search Committee will be responsible for developing a pool of candidates and recommending finalists to the Northern Essex Board of Trustees, which will select one candidate for final approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

According to Joseph Edwards, chair of the board of trustees, the committee will include 19 voting members: three trustees, eight faculty and staff members, one alumni representative, three community representatives, two volunteer board leaders, and two students. There will also be nonvoting members, including Mary Chatigny, who is the college’s affirmative action officer, and possibly a representative from the Board of Higher Education.  William Moynihan, vice chair of the board of trustees, will chair the committee and Mary Ellen Ashley, executive vice president of the college, will serve as vice chair.

“There’s nothing more important than deciding who will be the next president of this college,” said Edwards.  “We have an excellent committee in place, with close ties to the college and the community, and I’m confident we will find outstanding candidates in our national search.”

Edwards announced the committee at a July 20 meeting of the board of trustees.  The college will partner with a search consulting firm in selecting a new president.  The firm, which will be announced later this summer, will advertise the position and attract suitable candidates.

The presidential search committee includes:

  • Joseph Edwards, Esq., trustee representative

Chair, NECC Board of Trustees

  • Nancy Greenwood, trustee representative

Secretary, NECC Board of Trustees

  • William Moynihan, chair and trustee representative

Vice Chair, NECC Board of Trustees

  • Joseph Bevilacqua, community representative

President, Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • James Jajuga, community representative

President, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

  • Paul Fleming, Jr., community representative

Director of media relations, Essex County Sheriff Dept.

  • Geraldine Murphy, volunteer board leader

President, Women of NECC

  • Kendall Smith, volunteer board leader

President, NECC Foundation Board of Directors

  • Ron Guilmette, alumni representative

NECC Alumni Association

  • Mary Ellen Ashley, vice chair and administration representative

Executive vice president, NECC

  • Charles Diggs, administration representative

Assistant dean, admissions and recruitment

  • Libby Jensen, administration representative

Director, alumni relations

  • Terry Cargan, faculty representative

Professor, English & foreign languages

  • Noemi Custodia-Lora, faculty representative

Associate professor, natural sciences

  • Frank Dushame, support staff representative

EDP systems analyst, information systems

  • Gladys Gomez, support staff representative

Accountant, bursar’s office

  • Karletty Medina, professional staff representative

Registrar/community outreach coordinator/Lawrence CPAC

  • Babak Alian, student representative

Student elected member of the Board of Trustees

  • Shannon Sheltra, student representative