Interim President Appointed at Lakes Region Community College

Interim President Appointed at Lakes Region Community College

June 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

Interim President Appointed at Lakes Region Community College

Laconia, NH - Dr. Larissa Ruiz Baia (photo attached) has been named interim President of Lakes Region Community College (LRCC), located in Laconia, New Hampshire.  The appointment was unanimously approved by the Community College System (CCSNH) Board of Trustees on June 16, 2017 upon the recommendation of CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell. The appointment is effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Baia brings more than fifteen years of higher education experience to the role.  She currently serves as Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management at LRCC, a position she has held since 2012.  Prior to joining LRCC, she served as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Manchester Community College in Manchester, NH, and had served as Director of Graduate and Evening Admissions at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.  Dr. Baia currently teaches a course at LRCC entitled College Essentials, aimed at acclimating new students to the college environment, and has taught courses in political science and international relations at other colleges.

In her role as Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management, Dr. Baia provides executive leadership and vision in administering a comprehensive range of programs, including admissions and recruitment, marketing and public relations, enrollment management, residential life, campus safety, financial aid, judicial affairs and student support.  She also oversees budget development for the college and works with other members of the leadership team on preparation of the college’s operational and capital budgets. 

Dr. Baia has been extensively involved with several college and system-wide initiatives as well as external boards and organizations.  She is a member of the CCSNH system-wide marketing team and a past chair of the CCSNH admissions team, and has served as a management representative on collective bargaining teams. She has served on the board of directors of the Women in Higher Education Leadership and Genesis Behavioral Health, among numerous other boards and organizations. 

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Larissa Baia to this leadership position at Lakes Region Community College and within the Community College System,” said Chancellor Ross Gittell. “Dr. Baia has already proven herself to be a deeply engaged leader, who brings very sound ideas, perspective and experience to her role at the college.  I am confident she will be a tremendous asset to LRCC and CCSNH and will work well with the faculty and staff at the college and across the system.” 

Steve Guyer, a CCSNH trustee from Gilford whose career was in education, endorsed the selection, saying “Dr. Baia was appointed with the unanimous and enthusiastic approval of the trustees, and we are pleased that she has accepted this role and responsibility.  She will sustain and strengthen very important efforts at the college to support student success, partnerships with regional employers, and innovative approaches to meeting the community college’s invaluable mission.”

“As a first generation college student, I know first-hand some of the obstacles that students face when attending college,” said Dr. Baia.  “Those challenges are part of the reason why community colleges and Lakes Region Community College specifically are integral to the higher education landscape and the economic growth of the regions they serve.  I am honored to be given the opportunity promote LRCC’s mission of expanding access to quality, affordable education and professional readiness for all residents of the Lakes Region and beyond.”

Baia, a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, earned a PhD in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brandeis University.  She resides in Concord, NH.

The interim appointment is for one year, through July of 2018. The trustees of the Community College System of NH will conduct a search in early 2018 to fill the president position at the expiration of the interim term. 

About LRCC

Lakes Region Community College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 28 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Business, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree.  LRCC is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. 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.