Susan D. Huard, Ph.D., Named President of Manchester Community College

Susan D. Huard, Ph.D., Named President of Manchester Community College

Susan D Huard President of Manchester Community College

For Immediate Release - June 3, 2010
Contact: Shannon Reid, 271-2795

"Exciting new chapter" for MCC

Concord, N.H. - The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Susan Huard to the position of President of Manchester Community College (MCC), at a Board meeting on June 3, 2010.

Dr. Huard comes to MCC from her position as Dean of Learning and Student Development at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, Connecticut, and brings over three decades of higher education experience as a senior administrator and faculty member. During her 12-year tenure at Quinebaug Valley, enrollment increased by 74%. Dr. Huard supervised all academic programs, student services, enrollment management, learning resources, community outreach and job placement services. She created new degree and certificate programs, led planning efforts for capital projects, developed institutional assessment programs, and established partnerships with industry groups.

“The Trustees are confident that, in Dr. Susan Huard, we have a college President who will focus on the needs of the learners and in so doing, enable Manchester Community College to thrive as a high-quality, responsive institution of higher education,” said board of trustees Chairman Paul Holloway. “Her history and accomplishments demonstrate a passion for the community college mission, an abiding commitment to student success, and the drive and ability to do an exceptional job as the leader of an evolving institution.”

A search committee, comprised of faculty, administrators and students at MCC, college advisory board members, CCSNH trustees and representatives from the community assessed candidates for the position and provided feedback to CCSNH Chancellor Richard Gustafson. As a finalist, Dr. Huard visited the campus and met with students, faculty, staff and college and system leaders. Gustafson brought forward Dr. Huard’s name to the board of trustees, who voted unanimously to confirm her.

Gustafson noted, “I look forward to working with Dr. Huard, and commend the search committee for its excellent work. I was struck above all by Dr. Huard’s appreciation for the student experience, which will shape her approach to college leadership and institutional development. We share the belief that community colleges are a key resource in creating ladders that lead students to professional and personal achievement. This is an exciting new chapter for Manchester Community College.”

"I am thrilled to be joining Manchester Community College at this exciting time,” Huard said. “MCC has been well positioned by Interim President Ron Rioux to grow in enrollment and programming, and I am pleased to lead this vibrant institution of dedicated faculty, staff, and students. I am looking forward to getting to know the College community and the broader community of Manchester."

Dr. Huard has been at Quinebaug Valley Community College since 1998. From 1992-1998, she was a Division Director at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, and taught in the English Department from 1990-1992. From 1982–1990 she was a faculty member at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY and served as Acting Director of the Developmental Studies Division in 1990. Dr. Huard earned a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College, a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Huard is active in community organizations and has received numerous civic and professional awards. She is currently active in the League for Innovation in the Community College, and was a founding member of the Connecticut Consortium for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

Dr. Huard succeeds Ron Rioux, who has served as interim President of MCC since 2009. Rioux will resume his position on the CCSNH board of trustees.

About Manchester Community College
Manchester Community College offers more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs for transfer and career training. Associate degree programs include allied health, automotive technologies, construction technologies, business studies, computer technologies, education, HVAC, liberal arts and welding. MCC also offers professional and workforce development, and customized corporate training. Located in NH’s largest city – and a designated Refugee Relocation Center – MCC’s student body averages 3500 students for the fall and spring semesters, representing more than 50 nationalities. For more information, visit

Manchester Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

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The community college system of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, plus short-term professional training. The system's colleges are Great Bay Community College in Stratham and 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.