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Interim MCC President Brian Bicknell Appointed Permanent Leader of Manchester Community College

Posted: April 06, 2020

Former MCC President Susan Huard to Serve as CCSNH Interim Chancellor

On April 3rd, the Community College System Board of Trustees named Dr. Brian Bicknell President of Manchester Community College, effective immediately. Bicknell has been in the post on an interim basis since January 1.

A search process for a permanent appointment resulted in Bicknell as the unanimous choice. “We quickly saw that Brian has proven his ability to take charge, act quickly, work well and effectively with senior system leadership, be empathetic to staff, faculty and students and to adjust course as needed in these ever-changing circumstances,” said CCSNH Board Chair Jeremy Hitchcock.

“I’m honored by the vote of confidence from the CCSNH trustees,” said Bicknell. “The coronavirus pandemic has created a number of urgent challenges, and I am deeply proud of MCC’s service to our students and the community.”

Before becoming interim President, Bicknell served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at MCC for three years. He led a variety of initiatives working closely with faculty and staff and colleagues across the Community College System.

Also on April 3rd, MCC's own Dr. Susan Huard was selected by the CCSNH Board of Trustees to serve as Interim Chancellor when Chancellor Ross Gittell departs this spring. Huard is expected to serve for approximately one year while the Board conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

Dr. Huard retired from MCC last December, after serving as President from 2010 to 2019. Her tenure was marked by consistent growth in student enrollment, increased graduation rates and an unprecedented expansion of programs.

“The success of community colleges is due to leaders who constantly ask themselves, “What else can we do for our students and for our community?” said Huard. “This question will be the underpinning of every decision we make to see the system through these turbulent times and as we identify new opportunities to serve our state.”