Concord, NH - The New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) and Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) board of directors have elected Dr. Todd Leach, chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, as chair of both organizations. The board also announced the election of Sr. Paula Marie Buley, IHM, president of Rivier University, as Vice Chair and Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College, as Treasurer. All three will serve two year terms.
Dr. Leach is the seventh Chancellor of USNH. Prior to serving as Chancellor he served as President of Granite State College. Chancellor Leach also served as the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies, where he oversaw all CPS academic programs and faculty and led the development of over twenty masters and doctoral degree programs. He also provided oversight for Northeastern University's online programs and served as the Executive Director of the School of Education.
Chancellor Leach holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern University and an MBA from Bentley University and has over two decades of experience as a leader and faculty member within higher education. He also holds a BS from Worcester State College and an AS from Mass Bay Community College. In addition, Chancellor Leach has completed higher education programs at Harvard University. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the subjects of higher education and distance learning. He serves on the USNH Board of Trustees and is one of New Hampshire's commissioners of higher education.
"The NHCUC is extremely fortunate to have in its new board chair such an experienced and talented person," said Thomas R. Horgan, president and CEO of the NHCUC. "Dr. Leach has been a tremendously supportive board member and advocate for cooperation and collaboration between New Hampshire public and private higher education institutions. We know under his leadership our combined efforts will be strengthened and grow."
Debby Scire, executive director of CCNH stated, "Campus Compact looks forward to Dr. Leach's leadership and commitment as our chair in advancing community service and civic engagement initiatives across our member campuses. His knowledge and support will be a tremendous asset to our collective efforts."
Sr. Paula Marie Buley, IHM has been a board member of both NHCUC and CCNH since joining Rivier University as president in 2011. "Sr. Paula is an acknowledged educational and civic leader, and we are delighted she has agreed to serve as our vice chair," said Horgan.
Dr. Steven DiSalvo joined the board of both organizations when he became president of Saint Anselm College in 2013. "Every board needs that one person who will push the envelope and get others to think differently. We are fortunate to have that in Dr. DiSalvo," said Scire.
Other board members elected to two year terms include:
President Thomas Galligan, president of Colby-Sawyer College; Dr. Anne Huot, president of Keene State College; Dr. Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University; Dr. Michele Perkins, president of New England College.
Additional CCNH executive committee members elected include: Rene Drouin, president and CEO of the NHHEAF Network; Lucille Jordan, president of Nashua Community College; Dr. Tom Horgan, president of New Hampshire College & University Council; and Dr. Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.