Laurie Gordy of Nashua, N.H., has been named assistant dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Essex Community College.

Gordy earned her degree in sociology from Washington College in Maryland and her Master's degree and PhD in sociology from the University of Connecticut.

For the last eight years, she has worked at Daniel Webster College as its director of general education and division chairwoman of the Social Services and Humanities Division.

Additionally, Gordy has made numerous presentations regarding student learning, the cultural images of female athletes and social inequality in education.

For information, e-mail Gordy at lgordy@necc.mass.edu.

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