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Application deadline: February 28, 2020

Senior Consultant: Jay Lemons

Senior Consultant: Ann Die Hasselmo

Associate Consultant: Jennifer Kooken

The New England Commission of Higher Education seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative, and innovative President who will be a respected voice and thought leader in the regional, national, and international conversation for independent accreditation in the rapidly changing higher education landscape.

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) has its roots in the nation’s oldest accrediting association, which has worked to establish and maintain high standards for education for over 130 years. NECHE is one of seven regional higher education accrediting bodies in the United States. This system of regional institutional accrediting bodies is a distinguishing hallmark of American higher education and supports the variety and richness of higher education institutions across the nation.

NECHE is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Three institutions in Greece, three in Switzerland, two in Lebanon, and one in Bulgaria, Bermuda, and Morocco, respectively, are also members of NECHE. Based just north of Boston, in Burlington, Massachusetts, the Commission accredits approximately 230 colleges and universities. Its institutions range in size from 17 students to more than 135,000.

The president is responsible for the effective operations of the Commission, which includes providing the executive leadership necessary to carry out successfully the Commission’s evaluation program, promulgating the standards of membership, and advancing the cause of quality education. The president supports member institutions in meeting the Standards, supervises the Commission’s staff, reports to and works with the Commission Board, and works collaboratively with other accrediting bodies. Additional duties include strategic planning, developing and implementing a vision and setting priorities for NECHE in collaboration with the Commission, and representing the interests and needs of NECHE in its work with other accrediting bodies on regional and national policy issues.

The next president of NECHE will have an earned terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution, significant teaching and/or administrative experience in higher education, and demonstrated leadership experience in a collegial environment. The successful candidate will have knowledge and understanding of the issues confronting colleges and universities; a commitment to and understanding of regional accreditation; exceptional analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills; a sense of humor; good cheer and uncommon civility; flexibility and a high tolerance for ambiguity; and a willingness to travel within New England, nationally, and internationally.

More information about NECHE and the duties and responsibilities of the president are available in the search profile, which is available for download above.

Application Procedure: Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be made in confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by February 28, 2020. Application materials that include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for five references (who will not be contacted without permission) must be submitted to:

Academic Search is assisting NECHE in this presidential search. Confidential discussions about the opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Jay Lemons (, Ann Hasselmo (, or Jennifer Kooken (