Interim President Appointed for Lakes Region Community College

Interim President Appointed for Lakes Region Community College

Interim President Appointed for Lakes Region Community College

For Immediate Release - July 8, 2011
Contact: Shannon Reid, 271-2795

Concord, N.H. - The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Kalicki as interim President of Lakes Region Community College. Dr. Kalicki will succeed Dr. Mark Edelstein, who will retire this summer.

Dr. Kalicki has over 30 years experience in higher education administration. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a post he held since 2004. He was chiefly responsible for overseeing all aspects of residence life at SNHU, including managing an annual budget of nearly $30 million. He oversaw the construction of several new campus facilities and coordinated the work of a broad range of college departments, including information technology, public safety, finance and communications, to support SNHU’s extensive residence life operations.

Prior to joining SNHU, Kalicki had served as Dean of Students at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (formerly North Adams State College) and Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. His professional background also includes leadership positions in student services at Widener University (Chester, PA), Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) and Simon’s Rock of Bard College (Great Barrington, MA). He has been a classroom and online course instructor at the undergraduate and graduate level, and has taught courses in organizational leadership and strategic management.

“We are pleased to have an individual of Scott Kalicki’s background and expertise take the helm at Lakes Region Community College,” said board chairman Paul Holloway. “We were impressed by his experience shaping a strong environment for students and overseeing an array of key college functions. Dr. Kalicki will be a great asset to LRCC at this point in the college’s history. We look forward to his contributions and to the developments on the horizon for the college.”

Over the next year LRCC will begin construction of a 30,000 square foot academic building, which will address a pressing need for additional space for allied health and science offerings. This $6.4 million project is funded by the State of New Hampshire and has long been part of the college’s strategic planning, particularly as LRCC has seen a dramatic growth in demand for allied health programs, science courses and transfer programs over the last decade. And while LRCC is not a residential campus, college leaders are working to strengthen the college’s co-curricular and student life components in order to support student success, retention, and employment transition opportunities for LRCC students.

“Dr. Kalicki’s broad experience in higher education and his record of significant accomplishments promise a successful term as interim president at LRCC. I look forward to working closely with Scott over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth and positive transition. I’m sure he will enjoy the College and the community as much as I have.”

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to meet and work with the Lakes Region students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community. Lakes Region Community College is a valued part of its community and plays a vital role for students, families, and regional employers. I look forward to helping to make this a productive year for the College. I thank the CCSNH Board, the Chancellor and President Mark Edelstein for their confidence and support.”

Kalicki holds a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University at Albany (NY), a Master of Arts degree in public administration from the University of Hartford (CT) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social systems/policy studies from the University of Hartford (CT).

He currently chairs the board of directors for Special Olympics New Hampshire and has been active in local United Way efforts.

A search for a permanent President for LRCC did not result in an appointment in time for Dr. Mark Edelstein’s planned retirement this summer. Dr. Kalicki has been appointed to the interim post. The search will resume in the fall, with no specific timetable for naming a permanent President.

Community College System of New Hampshire
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Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2722, (603) 271-2725 Fax

About LRCC
Lakes Region Community College ( ) is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers twenty-three associate degree programs in fields that include Nursing, Fire Technology, Energy Services, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, the College 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. Lakes Region Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire.