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President James Birge Elected Vice Chair of the New Hampshire College & University Council

August 22, 2012

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Dr. James F. Birge, President of Franklin Pierce University, has been elected vice chair of the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC), a statewide higher education consortium of public and private colleges and universities.

Founded in 1966, the NHCUC is an 18-member consortium of higher education institutions that manages collaborative inter-institutional programs in the areas of student recruitment, professional development for faculty and staff, resource sharing (including shared library collections), and public advocacy on behalf of New Hampshire’s higher education sector. The NHCUC is a unique, multi-purpose, statewide consortium of both public and private not-for-profit, higher education institutions.

“We are indeed fortunate that Dr. Birge has accepted this important leadership role with the NHCUC during these challenging times for higher education,” says Thomas R. Horgan, President and CEO of NHCUC. “Dr. Birge is widely respected by college and university presidents, business leaders, and public policy leaders across New Hampshire, and his vision and leadership will be critical to moving the NHCUC’s collective efforts forward on behalf of our member institutions.”

Dr. Birge also serves on the boards of the New England Council, the Jaffrey-Rindge Education Foundation, Campus Compact for New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission. He is a Paul Harris Fellow in the Jaffrey-Rindge chapter of Rotary International. Dr. Birge holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Plymouth State University, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Westfield State College.

Dr. Birge was elected to a two-year term as vice chair by the Board of the New Hampshire College & University Council, which consists of the presidents and chancellors from the member institutions, at the NHCUC’s Annual Spring Presidents’ Retreat held in Portsmouth, N.H., in June 2012.




                 An education that matters.

Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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