Wood to Step Down from WMCC Post
For Immediate Release
March 30, 2017
Wood to Step Down from WMCC Post
Berlin, NH - Matt Wood, who has served as President of White Mountains Community College for the past three years, will step down this Spring after the end of the College’s academic year.
Wood, who will move on to another professional opportunity, leaves a strengthened institution and expanded programs and partnerships.
“The Community College System of NH has been my home for the past seventeen years,” said Wood, who taught math and physics before becoming a college administrator and later, WMCC’s president. “I will miss this college and my colleagues across the system, but I take this step knowing I leave having positioned WMCC in the best possible way to weather future challenges and provide exceptional opportunities for students.”
Wood focused much of his effort as president on increasing student access, expanding partnerships with area high schools and businesses, and strengthening the college’s enrollment and financial position. Under his leadership, WMCC erased a budget deficit and grew overall enrollment by 21 percent, achieving positive enrollment growth for seven consecutive semesters.
Last year WMCC opened an academic center in North Conway, bringing increased access to area residents.
Wood made significant progress on a system-wide goal to improve how the community colleges meet remedial needs of incoming students, investing in a student success center and redesigning course progression using a model known nationally as “co-requisite remediation.” And Wood successfully secured outside funding, including from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund to develop a pathway partnership with the UNH-Manchester campus for Criminal Justice and Information Technology students.
“We will miss Matt’s leadership, his innovative approaches to education, and his hard work and advocacy for his institution,” said CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell. “White Mountains Community College is an essential resource for the region’s population and economy. The trustees and I are grateful for Matt’s accomplishments, working with WMCC faculty and staff, to strengthen the institution and help students succeed. We wish Matt success in his next professional opportunity.”
Paul Holloway, chairman of the CCSNH board of trustees, echoed the Chancellor’s praise, saying “Matt brought energy and focus to the challenges and opportunities before him. We wish him the best and know that he will remain an advocate for NH’s community colleges no matter where his professional life takes him.”
Chancellor Gittell said he will work with the trustees to develop a plan for replacing Wood, which will likely involve a search while interim leadership is in place. A plan will soon be presented.
White Mountains Community College (WMCC) has a main campus in Berlin, New Hampshire and academic centers in Littleton and North Conway and is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire. WMCC offers Associate Degree and Certificate programs, plus training options, preparing students for 21st century job opportunities as well as transfer pathways to four-year colleges and universities. WMCC is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Our courses are the most affordable in New Hampshire and our Littleton Academic Center makes us accessible to all students in the North Country Region. Courses are available day, evening and online. WMCC courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire and across the country. 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.
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.