The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) unanimously confirmed Dr. Charles “Chuck” Lloyd to the position of president of White Mountains Community College (WMCC), at a meeting on Feb. 1, 2018. The appointment was made upon recommendation of Dr. Ross Gittell, CCSNH Chancellor.
Lloyd has served as interim president of WMCC since July 2017. The Chancellor’s recommendation was based on mutually positive feedback from the campus community and Dr. Lloyd, and extensive discussion over the course of Lloyd’s interim tenure.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be selected as President of White Mountains Community College,” Lloyd said. “The opportunity to further serve the College and North Country is an honor. I am eager to continue working alongside our passionate faculty and staff to support students and their success. Community colleges are uniquely responsive to emerging needs of their communities and state, and play a vital role in providing opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds. I am grateful to be part of a college and system that has such a tremendous, positive impact.”
Lloyd’s career has been in community college education in New Hampshire, with roles in both academic instruction and student affairs along with extensive community service. He began his career at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, in 2002, serving in successive positions as Director of Student Life and Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, alongside teaching business and leadership courses at NHTI and Granite State College and coaching men’s basketball.
Lloyd said he is optimistic about the opportunity before the college to serve students and meet local needs, and recognizes that the college is a key resource for the large geographic region it serves. Looking ahead, he said his goals include increasing access to higher education for students in the North Country, continuing to be responsive to the needs of business and industry partners, and strengthening pathways for high school students to seamlessly enroll with WMCC and transfer after completion if they choose.
“I am very pleased to see Chuck Lloyd transition to the presidency of White Mountains Community College on a non-interim basis,” said Chancellor Gittell. “Chuck has been an engaged and dynamic leader at the college and a valuable addition to our system leadership team. He has made a commitment to the North Country and the college, and his talents will serve both well.”
Lloyd is a NH native, who graduated from Franklin High School before matriculating at Keene State College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in Higher Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies with a concentration in Educational Leadership, from Plymouth State University. While working as a business instructor, coach, and administrator at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, Lloyd earned a Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. He also completed the Next Level Leadership Program at the University of NH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Concord program.
Lloyd has served on the Board of Directors of Volunteer New Hampshire, Campus Compact for NH, and the National Center for Student Leadership. He was named one of NH’s “Forty Under 40” by the Union Leader and is the recipient of both the Chancellor’s Award for Service Excellence for CCSNH and the Campus Service Learning Leadership Award from NHTI, Concord’s Community College.
Lloyd sees the dual role of the college as offering both a high-quality foundation for students who transfer to a four-year college or university, as well as strong career programs in fields such as nursing and allied health professions, culinary arts, information technology, business, teaching, automotive and welding technology, among others. WMCC also offers NH’s only associate degree program in diesel heavy equipment technology, with industry partners from across the state and northern New England. WMCC recently revamped its nursing curriculum and saw a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for its most recent class of graduates.
According to Lloyd, “What sets our College apart is the hands-on support provided by our faculty and staff. In a recent alumni survey, graduates overwhelmingly felt the guidance they received at WMCC was critical to their success.” “Chuck will be a real asset to White Mountains Community College and the North Country,” said Steve Ellis, a CCSNH trustee from Pittsburg, NH. “I strongly support his appointment and am pleased he’s choosing to make this commitment.”