NEC and NHIA Announce Intent to Merge

Jennifer Robertson on 05.29.18

Henniker and Manchester, NH - New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today that they intend to complete a merger of the two institutions. The merger will enhance the delivery of academic programs and streamline administrative services.  There are several academic programs, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the areas of art, design, writing, and education, that align well at both institutions and which will be enhanced through joint marketing and programming efforts.  Further details on structure and operations will be announced over the next several months.

Officials from both institutions will work closely during this transition period to develop the processes and procedures to benefit students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, and their communities.  The transition process will address issues such as academic programs, accreditation, student services, enrollment operations, human resources, and finance.

“We will work carefully together over the next several months to determine the best structure for merging the institutions and will be diligent in our efforts to keep our campus communities informed and involved,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. 

“This merger offers the opportunity to significantly enhance our academic programs, improve administrative services, and build upon both institutions’ strong academic offerings,” said NHIA President Kent Devereaux. “The merger of our institutions will make us more attractive to students from across the country and internationally.”

New England College is a private, non-profit, four-year, and graduate, higher education institution located in Henniker, NH and is dedicated to providing exceptional education for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.  Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier of baccalaureate colleges in the north, New England College prepares students in a manner that is robust, thorough, and engaging.  The College offers thirty-seven Bachelor’s degree programs, twelve Master’s degree programs, and one Doctoral degree program all delivered in the liberal arts tradition and with an emphasis on experiential learning.  New England College enrolls approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 and today offering undergraduate (BFA, Dual Degree BFA/MAT), graduate (MFA, MAT), and community education programs (Youth Arts, Pre-College, Community Education, Professional Development) in art, design, and writing serving over 2,000 students annually on two campuses in Manchester and Sharon/Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Both presidents believe a merger offers two outstanding higher education institutions, each committed to the liberal arts and real-world learning, the opportunity to explore the benefits of sharing academic programs in a cooperative format targeted at better serving students through expanded academic offerings.