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Chancellor appoints NHTI interim president

Stephen Caccia. 
Courtesy photo.

Stephen Caccia. Courtesy photo.

Stephen Caccia, longtime vice president of student affairs at NHTI, has been appointed interim president of the Concord community college and will take over when President Lynn Kilchenstein steps down in January.

Kilchenstein, who has been at NHTI’s helm for 10 years and employed at the college for 28, announced earlier this month that she would step down at the end of the year. Caccia will serve as an interim while the board of trustees conducts a search for her permanent successor, according to a release yesterday.

In a statement, Ross Gittell, chancellor of the state community college system, cited Caccia’s knowledge of the college’s operations and his commitment to students among reasons he and the board of trustees tapped Caccia for the job.

“I have been impressed with Steve’s contributions as a member of the leadership team at NHTI, and I look forward to his continued contributions as interim president,” Gittell said.

Caccia will officially start as interim president Jan. 1. He began his career at NHTI as an academic and career counselor in 1977, according to the release.

He has served as vice president of student affairs for 15 years. In that position, he oversees the administration and fiscal management of admissions, financial aid, residence life, personal counseling, health services, campus safety programs and a number of other student activities and resources.

Caccia earned his bachelor’s degree from New England College and a master’s degree in education from Plymouth State University.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@ or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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