Business and Economics Expert to Become Head of NH Community College System

Business and Economics Expert to Become Head of NH Community College System

Community College System

Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Ross Gittell to be next Chancellor

For Immediate Release - December, 11, 2011
Contact: Shannon Reid, 271-2795
sreid@ccsnh.edu

Concord, N.H. - The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) has concluded the search for a Chancellor and is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ross Gittell, of Portsmouth, NH, to the post.

Dr. Gittell succeeds J. Bonnie Newman, who has served as interim Chancellor since August of this year while the national search for a Chancellor was underway.

A distinguished Professor at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics, Dr. Gittell is well-known in economic and policy circles as a foremost authority in New Hampshire for economic analysis and forecasting. With an extensive background in university teaching, strategic planning and management, Dr. Gittell’s focus has been on applying economic, organizational and management theory to regional, state and community economic development issues. He has frequently been a resource for government, non-profit and business decision makers in New Hampshire and nationally on such issues as economic policy, workforce development, job creation strategies, community development and the business climate.

Dr. Gittell holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. He is the James R. Carter Professor in the Department of Management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. His teaching career in management and economics spans twenty years and includes, in addition to the Whittemore School, teaching at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Gittell is active on numerous Boards and commissions. He is Vice President, forecast manager and board member of the New England Economic Partnership, a Director of the Exeter Trust Company, and a board member of Exeter Hospital and the Foundation for Healthy Communities. He was appointed by Governor Benson to the NH Consensus Revenue Estimating Committee, by Governor Lynch to the Economic Development Advisory Council and to the Shipyard Advisory Council, and worked with Governor Shaheen on economic policy. He served on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Task Force for Philanthropy and was a board member of the New England Higher Education Public Policy Collaborative. Professor Gittell is also co-founder and co-director of the Green Launching Pad, an innovative and highly successful business accelerator program in New Hampshire.

Dr. Gittell is extensively published, including books, numerous articles and professional studies. He has received several awards, including the Champion of Educational Opportunity Award from the NH Educational Opportunity Association, the Award for Excellence in Service from the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, as well as the Outstanding Associate Professor Award and the Excellence in Public Service Award, both from the University of New Hampshire. He has held several academic administrative posts at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and at the University of New Hampshire.

Outside the academic arena, Dr. Gittell’s background includes senior economic consulting for corporate and public sector clients.

Paul Holloway, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire, said, “New Hampshire’s Community College System has taken very important steps in recent years to meet the shifting economic and workforce needs in New Hampshire, and we have great challenges and opportunities still ahead. Ross Gittell brings key skills and unparalleled expertise to the role of Chancellor. The Board is very excited to work with him.”

Dr. Gittell said, “I am tremendously excited at the opportunity to lead this vital organization, at a time when the role of community colleges has never been more important. Our ability to provide affordable and accessible programs of high academic quality, with strong ties and relevance to business and industry, is essential to ensure a competitive NH economy and broad economic opportunity. The state's community colleges are a major part of the educational and economic infrastructure in communities across New Hampshire and an important resource for working families and local businesses and community organizations. I look forward to taking on this new role, and to working with other educational institutions, government agencies and the business community to ensure the continued expansion of high quality educational and economic opportunities across New Hampshire and to develop an educated and skilled citizenry that can meet the needs of the 21st century economy.”

Dr. Gittell will assume the position of Chancellor on February 1, 2012.

Community College System of New Hampshire
26 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2722, (603) 271-2725 Fax
www.ccsnh.edu

About CCSNH The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin.

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