Chancellor Ross Gittell
Dr. Ross Gittell was appointed Chancellor of the Community College System of NH on February 1, 2012.
Dr. Ross 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, Gittell’s focus has been on applying economic, organizational and management theory to regional, state and community economic development issues. For many years, as a distinguished Professor at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics, Gittell 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.
About Dr. Gittell
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. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor at CCSNH, he was 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, a board member of the NH Charitable Foundation, and a board member of Exeter Hospital and the Foundation for Healthy Communities. He was appointed by Governor Hassan and 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.