April 30, 2014BERLIN — Chancellor Ross Gittell, Ph.D., of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), sent an electronic memo on Friday to faculty and staff at White Mountains Community College (WMCC) to announce that a significant change is underway at the local community college. He also telephoned key North Country leaders, letting them know about a leadership change.
"For the past year, President Kathy Eneguess and I have discussed having her serve the System in a new capacity that takes advantage of her experiences at WMCC and her relationships statewide and nationally," Gittell explained. "This summer, Kathy will be making a transition to an exciting new position within CCSNH, the details of which will be announced shortly.
Eneguess will leave her current post on June 30.
"An interim president will be announced prior to her leaving," Gittell said. "I had planned to announce Kathy's transition to the WMCC community on my next visit and was very disappointed that her transition was disclosed yesterday. It is unfortunate that confidentiality was broken and faculty and staff found out in this manner.
"Over the past few months in my visits to WMCC, there have been very good discussions about the future of WMCC. There are opportunities to grow enrollment, advance economic opportunities and serve the needs of the region. I have been encouraged by my meetings with faculty and staff and by the quality and commitment of the leadership team President Eneguess has assembled," continued the Chancellor, noting that in her decade at the helm, she'd made significant contributions to WMCC, the North Country and to the CCSNH that have been recognized locally, in the Granite State, and nationally.
"Again," he said, "I have been encouraged by my recent visits to WMCC and discussions with the WMCC staff and faculty. The CCSNH board and I are committed to supporting a strong future for WMCC.
"Details about plans for President Eneguess' transition and about the WMCC president's position will be discussed in my next visit to the college which I am in the process of scheduling…. The plans will ensure an effective progression towards the goals we share for a strong WMCC serving the North Country."
Eneguess, who became president of WMCC in 2003, worked for 18 years as vice president at the Business and Industry Association (BIA) of New Hampshire where she served as lead policy analyst for legislative, regulatory and government affairs issues, including education, human resource, community development and rural policy.