Tech Entrepreneur Named Chairman of Community College System of NH Board

Tech Entrepreneur Named Chairman of Community College System of NH Board

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2018

Tech Entrepreneur Named Chairman of Community College System of NH Board


Concord, NH - Jeremy Hitchcock, founder of Dyn, a company he grew into one of the world’s leading internet service providers, has been named chair of the board of trustees of the Community College System of NH. 

Hitchcock succeeds Paul Holloway, who chaired the board since 2005 and did not seek re-nomination this year.

Hitchcock, of Manchester, NH, is best known in NH for founding Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in Manchester, NH connecting people, content, and commerce.  Hitchcock created the company in 2001 while a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Dyn grew from dynamic DNS to data, analytics, and traffic routing, handling 20% of the Fortune 500 and Alexa 1000 traffic. After growing the company to 500 employees and customers across six continents, achieving $100 million of ARR (accounting rate of return), and raising $100 million of growth capital, Hitchcock stepped down as CEO in 2016. The company was acquired by Oracle in 2017.

In 2017, Hitchcock started Minim, an IoT networking and security company inspired by the DDoS  (Distributed Denial of Service) attack against Dyn and other internet service providers on October 21, 2016. The incident left individuals and companies across the globe temporarily without internet access.  While the attack was remedied within hours, it highlighted vulnerabilities faced in today’s business operations environment.  

Industry recognition for Hitchcock includes Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (northeast), Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 rankings, and many best company to work for accolades. He has been featured in or written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, VentureBeat, Politico, and The Boston Globe. Topics have included building entrepreneurial ecosystems, running a bootstrapped and hyper-growth company, developing a talent pipeline, and managing the culture of companies. 

For his efforts in workforce development, he received an honorary doctorate from the University System of New Hampshire. In addition to serving as a CCSNH trustee, Hitchcock is also a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen to chair the board of an organization that is so essential to the strength of this state,” said Hitchcock.  “NH’s community colleges are unique among educational institutions in their mission to support New Hampshire’s economy and provide residents with opportunities to advance. Our mission of access to education for the state is best embodied by our drive for the state to achieve 65% attainment of a post-secondary credential by 2025.  Through the system’s leadership, this goal has been adopted by the state.” 

Hitchcock graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Management Information Systems. He and his wife Elizabeth have been active in educational and philanthropic causes, including New Hampshire Institute of Art and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In 2017 they opened an independent bookstore in downtown Manchester, NH.

Outgoing board chairman Paul Holloway, who has been a leading businessperson in NH as President of the Holloway Automotive Group and deeply involved in education and philanthropy over several decades, did not seek re-nomination as chairman.  He will remain on the board and serve as part of the executive committee in the role of immediate past chair. Holloway said, “It has been a great honor to serve on the CCSNH board, including as chairman. However, there is tremendous talent throughout the board and after nearly 13 years in this role, I believe it’s time for new leadership.  NH’s community colleges are second to none in the opportunities they provide and the quality of education they offer, and I will continue to be a strong supporter of the important work they do.”  Holloway joined the unanimous vote to elect Hitchcock. 

”Jeremy is the kind of innovator, entrepreneur and job creator NH needs, not only as part of our business community, but also to help guide institutions like our community college system, whose mission is to support NH’s economy, the social mobility of our residents, and the quality of life we all enjoy in the Granite State,” said Governor Chris Sununu.  “His record of entrepreneurship and job creation speaks for itself. I applaud his selection and look forward to working with him as one of NH’s educational leaders.  I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to Paul Holloway for everything he has done as chairman and the extraordinary contributions he has made to New Hampshire. There are few people in the state who have had as much impact over so many years.”

Joining Hitchcock as CCSNH trustee officers are Kathy Bogle Shields of Canterbury as Vice Chair; Alison Stebbins of Portsmouth as Treasurer; and Kim Trisciani of Manchester as Secretary.

Kathy Bogle Shields has served on the CCSNH board since 2009 representing the public.  She retired as Executive Director of the NH Community Development Finance Authority and had served as Vice President for Community Reinvestment for Providian Financial.  Shields chairs the board’s facilities  committee and is vice chair of the board finance committee.

Alison Stebbins retired as Vice President and Head of Vendor Management at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack NH as is currently CFO of Coolcore, a Portsmouth, NH–based manufacturer of high-performance, chemical-free fabrics. She has served on numerous boards including the Business and Industry Association of NH, the University of NH Whittemore School’s Dean’s Advisory Board, and Heritage United Way. She was Business Leader of the Year in 2008 through Business NH Magazine and received the Lifetime Community Achievement Award from CitiYear. She joined the CCSNH board in 2012 representing business and industry, and serves on the board’s finance committee.

Kim Trisciani’s career has been in the building and construction trades.  She was appointed to the board in 2005 representing labor.  She is currently employed by FW Webb Company, responsible for inside sales & technical support for the HVAC, refrigeration & plumbing industry.  Kim has been an active member of the United Association’s Local 131, Plumbers & Steamfitters in New Hampshire since 1985. Kim chairs the board’s personnel committee.

The CCSNH board of trustees is established in NH law as the policy-making and operational authority of the Community College System.  Its members, appointed by the Governor and Executive Council, are drawn from business & industry, health care, technology, career & technical education, labor, community service, law enforcement, alumni, students, employees and the public.

About CCSNH: The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont, Lebanon and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Littleton and North Conway.  The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.