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NECC to Inaugurate Fourth President

Submitted by on March 13, 2012 – 2:32 pm

On Monday, April 30 at 11 a.m., Northern Essex Community College will celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Lane A. Glenn, the fourth president in the 50-year history of the college.

President Glenn’s Inauguration will be held under a tent in the quadrangle on the college’s Haverhill Campus. The Reverend Thomas Bentley, son of Harold Bentley, the founding president of the college, will give the invocation, and former Presidents John R. Dimitry and David F. Hartleb will deliver greetings to the new president.

Additional speakers will include: John F. Tierney, US Congressman, Dr. Richard Freeland, the Massachusetts commissioner of higher education, Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dean Campbell, Al Getler, publisher of the Eagle Tribune, and representatives from the NECC Board of Trustees, NECC Foundation Board, Women of NECC Board, faculty and staff, students, and alumni.
The ceremony will feature performances by Northern Essex student vocalists under the direction of NECC Professor of Music Alisa Bucchiere, the Student Jazz/Rock Ensemble under the direction of NECC Professor Michael Lecuyer, and the college’s Essex Chamber Music Players under the direction of NECC Professor Emeritus of Music Michael Finegold.

A resident of Amesbury, Dr. Lane Glenn became president of Northern Essex on July 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served as vice president of academic affairs for five years.

He is focused on student success and is passionate about finding ways to help students achieve their educational goals, especially students who are underprepared for college.

At Northern Essex, he has provided leadership for the college’s involvement in Achieving the Dream, a national effort to help more community college students succeed, with a special focus on students of color and low income students. In the past four years, the college has adopted many new initiatives, including enhanced academic advising, new tutoring resources, a college success skills course, and more, designed to increase retention and graduation rates.

In addition, he expanded the college’s relationships with local high schools and partnered with local employers, such as Raytheon, to develop programs that deliver the skills most needed in the job market.

Dr. Glenn has also served as dean of academic and student services at Oakland Community College near Detroit, Michigan; and on the faculty at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.

Glenn earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University.
He is proud to say he got his start at a community college: Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

President Glenn’s Inauguration is part of a series of events celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary. For a full schedule of events, visit the college’s 50th anniversary website at