New England College: Perkins to move from president to chancellor; Lesperance takes over on interim basis

  • President Michele Perkins speaks during Founders Day celebrations at New England College in Henniker on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) ELIZABETH FRANTZ

Published: 5/16/2022 1:33:00 PM
Modified: 5/16/2022 1:31:13 PM

After 20 years at New England College, including 15 years as president, Michele Perkins will become chancellor as of Sept. 1.

As chancellor, the college said in a release, Perkins “will focus on overall strategy and continue her development efforts on the College’s behalf.”

Wayne Lesperance Jr., who has been a professor at the college for two decades and more recently was chief academic officer and provost, has been named interim president while details of the transition are worked out.

Founded in 1946, NEC’s main campus in Henniker is augmented by its Manchester campus, obtained when the school bought the Manchester Institute of Art in 2019. It has about 5,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and online programs.


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