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NECC President Honored by Merrimack College

Submitted by on June 11, 2015 – 5:43 pm
Merrimack College President Christopher Hopey and NECC President Lane Glenn.

Merrimack College President Christopher Hopey and NECC President Lane Glenn.

Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn received the honorary degree of doctor of education from Merrimack College in North Andover during its recent 65th commencement exercises. When presenting the award, Merrimack President Christopher E. Hopey referred to President Glenn as “A higher education leader…a partner for progress”.

 “You began your education at a community college in Oklahoma and completed your Ph.D at Michigan State working as actor and director as well as a teacher and administrator. You joined Northern Essex Community College in 2006 and rose to the presidency in 2011, overseeing two campuses…” Hopey continued his praise saying, “You have implemented innovative programs that have helped your students overcome challenges, succeed academically, develop job skills and move more readily into the workforce.”

 Hopey lauded Glenn for his work with the city of Lawrence to create economic vibrancy and educational opportunities for local residents. He noted that President Glenn had chaired the Lawrence Partnership and served on the Essex Heritage Foundation as well as the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“Lane Glenn your determination and drive have bettered the prospects of so many in our region, and exemplify the power of learning to improve lives,” Hopey said.

 Glenn is the fourth president of Northern Essex, which was founded in 1961. A resident of Amesbury, Dr. Lane Glenn became president of Northern Essex on July 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served as NECC’s vice president of academic affairs for five years.

Others who received honorary degrees from Merrimack College were alumnus Dr. Arthur M. Fournier, professor and vice chairman of the Family Medicine & Community Health Department and the associate dean for community health affairs at the University of Miami School of Medicine; Richard Gallant, chairman of Global Technology Finance, a financial surety company he cofounded, and president of Fibertech Medical, a mid-sized endoscopic repair company; and Dr. Nancy J. Sullivan, an alumna of Merrimack College, who is chief of the Biodefense Research Section, National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center (VCR), in Bethesda, Md.