The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education will vote on Feb. 1 on the nomination of Dr. Lane Glenn of Amesbury as the next president of Northern Essex Community College.

The Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees voted to recommend Glenn to replace current NECC President David Hartleb, who will retire in June.

Glenn is vice president of academic affairs at Northern Essex, a position he has held since 2006.

Before coming to Northern Essex, Glenn was dean of academic and student services at Oakland Community College in Michigan. He has also served as director of learning services at Lansing Community College, also in Michigan. Glenn holds a doctorate in theater from Michigan State University. "I'm thrilled with the choice," said Joseph Edwards, chairman of the college's board of trustees.

"Dr. Glenn has the ability and the enthusiasm to make an excellent president and he has insight into what's happening at the college." Glenn was selected after a national search that began last summer, shortly after Hartleb announced his retirement. A presidential search committee, including 19 voting members and two nonvoting members, was appointed to develop a pool of candidates and recommend finalists to the college's board of trustees. In early December, three finalists were announced and each was invited to the college for two days of interviews with faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, and members of the community, who were all asked to provide feedback on each of the candidates. "I appreciate the work of the Northern Essex Community College board in making this decision on the future leadership of the college," said Richard M. Freeland, Massachusetts commissioner of higher education. "I look forward to meeting Vice President Glenn to discuss his nomination."

If approved by the board of higher education, Glenn will become the fourth president of the college, which opened its doors in 1961.

Harold Bentley served from 1960 to 1975, John Dimitry from 1975 to 1996, and Hartleb will have served from 1996 to 2010.

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