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Feb
19
2010
Search Committee Announces Finalists for Granite State College Presidency

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Search Committee Announces Finalists for Granite State College Presidency


LEE, NH – The search committee charged with recommending candidates for the presidency at Granite State College (GSC) has narrowed the field to three finalists: Ruth Black, dean of distance learning at Brandman University; Todd Leach, senior associate dean and chief academic officer in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University and Douglas Sears, associate provost and assistant to the president for outreach and special initiatives for the Boston University Office of the President and Provost. The three finalists will visit the state in March and meet with students, faculty, staff, and members of the community during the public phase of the search process.  The public is welcome to attend the open forums that are scheduled as follows:

    Todd Leach
    March 2
    8:45 am and 4 pm – Concord Regional Center
    March 3
    9:45 am – Conway Regional Center

    Ruth Black
    March 9
    8:45 am and 4 pm – Concord Regional Center
    March 10
    9:45 am – Conway Regional Center

    Doug Sears
    March 11
    8:45 am and 4 pm – Concord Regional Center
    March 12
    9:45 am – Conway Regional Center

Ruth Blk, J.Dac. is dean of distance learning at Brandman University (formerly Chapman University College) and has served in this capacity since 2002. She has also served as an education and training consultant to the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association since 2002, was an online course development consultant with Sony Electronics, and a medical compliance educational consultant with Gambro, Inc. From 2001-2002, she served as general manager of online services for National University. From 1998-2001, she was vice president of business development and legal counsel for the CUE Corporation. She has authored several papers and presentation on online learning and regularly speaks on the topic. Ms. Black received her bachelor's degree in political science with minors in history and English from the University of California cum laude, and a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Todd Leach, Ph.D.
has served as the senior associate dean and chief academic officer in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University since 2007 and was the associate dean of academic and faculty affairs from 2003-2007. From 2000-2003, he was the associate dean of business and IT programs at University College and assistant dean and director of University College Business Programs from 1996 to 2000. From 1986-1996, Dr. Leach served as a member of the faculty at Lasell College, was director of business programs from 1988-1995, and served as director of Yamawaki Exchange Programs from 1988-96. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work and is involved with various professional boards and associations. He earned his bachelor's degree in management with a minor in economics from Worcester State College cum laude, an MBA from Bentley University, and a doctoral degree in law, policy, and society from Northeastern University.

Douglas Sears, Ph.D.
is the associate provost and assistant to the president for outreach and special initiatives for the Boston University (BU) Office of the President and Provost, and has served in this role since 2006. Since 2008, he has also served as director of the Division of Military Education at BU and has been on the University's School of Education faculty since 2000. From 1995-2001, he served as superintendent for the Chelsea Massachusetts Public Schools, and from 1988-96 was assistant to the president at BU. He also served in the US Foreign Service, and with the American Embassy in Switzerland and The Philippines. Dr. Sears is active on several boards and has published numerous articles over his career. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Bates College, a master's degree in government from Lehigh University, and a doctorate degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University.

As New Hampshire's public university system, USNH presidential searches typically include a public phase once finalists have been selected. This allows for an opportunity for individuals associated with each college or university to meet and interact with the candidates. Each candidate will be participating in open forums in Concord and Conway, as well as one-on-one meetings.

"The Search Committee was extremely pleased with the large and impressive pool of applicants and I applaud their effort to winnow the list down to a final three," said George Epstein, vice chair of the USNH Board of Trustees and chair of the search committee. "We are excited to bring these individuals to New Hampshire, introduce them to the Granite State College community first-hand, and gain important feedback on all three as we look to fill this key position in the next few months."

After the candidate visits have been completed, USNH Chancellor Edward MacKay will complete a final review of the candidates and submit his recommendation to the USNH Board of Trustees. Following approval by the Board, the new president will take office in the summer of 2010.

Current Granite State College President Dr. Karol LaCroix, announced her plans to retire in October 2009. She has served as president of Granite State College since 2004, when it was called the College for Lifelong Learning.Granite State College is one of four University System of New Hampshire institutions and a leader in online education. GSC offers associate and bachelor degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and transfer opportunities and seeks to empower and educate students across the state.

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