Mullin-Sawicki to become Sixth President in NHTI’s History

Mullin-Sawicki to become Sixth President in NHTI’s History

May 16, 2019

For Immediate Release

 Mullin-Sawicki to Become Sixth President in NHTI’s History

Concord, NH - A nationwide search has culminated in the appointment of Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki as President of NHTI, Concord’s Community College.  Mullin-Sawicki is currently president of multiple campuses of the Community College of Allegheny County, located in Pennsylvania.  She was confirmed unanimously by the CCSNH board of trustees upon recommendation by CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell and a search committee. 

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Mullin-Sawicki to NHTI and New Hampshire.  She brings an exceptional range of accomplishments and expertise in complex higher education organizations,” said Dr. Gittell.  “She combines extensive background in academic program development, student success initiatives, and innovative approaches to meeting college and community needs.  I am confident that she will have a very positive impact on NHTI, the Community College System, and the state of New Hampshire as an educational leader.”

Jeremy Hitchcock, chairman of the CCSNH board of trustees, said “I am excited about the addition of Gretchen to the Community College System and to central and southern New Hampshire.  Her background in the Pittsburgh area, working in higher education and building industry partnerships, will map extraordinarily well to many of the emerging industry sectors here, such as cybersecurity, AI, manufacturing and other high-skill fields, in addition to ensuring a robust comprehensive community college in Concord that offers broad opportunities for educational advancement across a range of programs.” 

In addition to leading multiple campuses with total enrollment of more than 8,000 students, her experience includes developing innovative approaches that connect industry, faculty and students to enhance programming and career preparation. She has earned awards for strengthening advising and retention services, and for linking students with non-profit organizations to enhance student support.

“My family and I are very much looking forward to moving to New Hampshire and joining the vibrant and innovative NHTI community,” said Dr. Mullin-Sawicki. “The college is a robust engine for economic advancement for the community, including workforce development and transfer preparation for our students.  I am excited to work with the talented team at NHTI to continue the positive trajectory of the college, including leading NHTI in achieving key educational and workforce goals for the state, exploring creative programming to increase impact and retention, and always keeping inclusive student success at the center of our decision-making and strategic execution.”

Mullin-Sawicki, bio here, who holds dual citizenship from the U.S. and Canada, began her educational career in New York as a Program Director for the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and has taught as an adjunct faculty member in Toronto, Canada, Pittsburgh, PA and Tokyo.  She has been at the Community College of Allegheny County for 17 years. Prior to her Campus President roles, she was the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for the College where she oversaw both academic and student services including admissions, financial aid, information technology, military and veterans’ services, registrar, transfer articulations and grants. She developed High School Academies, a program which became the fastest growing enrollment avenue for the college and provides students with defined pathways towards transfer and career education.

Dr. Mullin-Sawicki also served as the Dean of Academic Affairs where she developed academic programs for the College with curriculum ranging from Advanced Manufacturing to American Sign Language Interpreting to Green and Sustainable Building Design.  Dr. Mullin-Sawicki served as an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and assisted in the development of the Accelerated Professional Program, developing flexible weekend and evening scheduling of career programs for part-time working adults. 

NHTI, Concord’s Community College, is a comprehensive community college serving nearly 5,000 students annually.  Students earn degrees and certificates that prepare them for in-demand, high-skill employment across a broad range of programs, and can also transfer to continue their education at the baccalaureate level through numerous transfer agreements. Founded in 1965, the college has evolved to include an array of student activities, athletic teams, cultural activities and residential life at its 240-acre campus on the Merrimack River. Programs unique in the state, such as dental assisting and radiologic technology, meet specific workforce needs while the college also offers degrees in information technology, business, education, social services, STEM fields and more.  NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire, and has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, a nongovernmental, nationally recognized accrediting agency, since 1969.

Dr. Mullin-Sawicki will begin July 1. 

Media Contact:

Shannon Reid, or 603-230-3504

CCSNH Executive Director of Government Affairs and Communications