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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

UNH economics professor named chancellor for Community College System of NH

CONCORD – The Community College System of New Hampshire appointed Ross Gittell, a University of New Hampshire economics professor, as its new chancellor Sunday.

Gittell, of Portsmouth, will step into the position Feb. 1. He will replace interim Chancellor J. Bonnie Newman, who served since August while the system’s trustees conducted a hiring search.

“New Hampshire’s Community College System has taken very important steps in recent years to meet the shifting economic and workforce needs in New Hampshire, and we have great challenges and opportunities still ahead,” Paul Holloway, chairman of the trustees, said in a statement. “Ross Gittell brings key skills and unparalleled expertise to the role of chancellor. The board is very excited to work with him.”

Gittell has taught courses in management and economics for 20 years at three schools: UNH, Harvard University and the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. He has a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago.

“I am tremendously excited at the opportunity to lead this vital organization at a time when the role of community colleges has never been more important,” Gittell said in a statement. “Our ability to provide affordable and accessible programs of high academic quality, with strong ties and relevance to business and industry, is essential to ensure a competitive New Hampshire economy and broad economic opportunity.”

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Kittle on Twitter (@Telegraph_CamK).