Vice President of Academic Affairs Search

Below you’ll find information pertaining to the finalists for the Vice President of Academic Affairs position, including each candidate’s submitted resume and cover letter. Specific information about in-person interview sessions and open forums, including Zoom links for remote participation, will be emailed to the college community.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Position Finalists
Date of On-Campus Visit
Submitted Documents
Jonelle Knox, Ed. D.

July 15
Campus Interview Schedule

Resume (PDF)
Cover Letter (PDF)
Pam Carter, PhD

July 16
Campus Interview Schedule

Resume (PDF)
Cover Letter (PDF)
Paul M. Beaudin, PhD

July 19
Campus Interview Schedule

Resume (PDF)
Cover Letter (PDF)


If you are planning on participating in the interviews or open forums of finalists for NECC’s next Vice President of Academic Affairs via Zoom, please use this Vice President of Academic Affairs – Campus Interview Feedback Form to give us your feedback. Note: Paper forms will also be provided at in-person interviews and forums. Your feedback on the finalists will be shared with the search committee for its consideration of our final selected candidate.

Please consider the NECC Vice President of Academic Affairs Position Profile shared with the campus when asking questions of the candidates, and when sharing your feedback: NECC Vice President of Academic Affairs Position Profile (PDF)

Job Description

The Vice President of Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the college and is responsible for the quality and administration of all certificate and degree instructional programs at all college locations. This position reports to the president, and is a member of the president’s leadership cabinet.

Leadership and Collaboration Opportunities

During 2021-2022, NECC will be developing a new strategic plan that will provide some new directions and goals for Academic Affairs and all of the other areas of the college. Many different opportunities for leadership and collaboration lie ahead. Here are a few that will be particularly important:

  • The Equity Imperative
  • The Integrated Student Experience
  • Professional Growth and Development
  • Cross-College Collaboration

The Equity Imperative

Like most community colleges across the country, NECC serves a large proportion of low-income, first generation, students of color. We were New England’s first federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution in 2001, and more than 40% of our students are Latino, largely from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Although we narrowed equity gaps between our Latino and white students through our work with Achieving the Dream, Title V grants to improve Hispanic student success and other initiatives over the years, we never eliminated them. And now, unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the gaps again.

As NECC President Lane Glenn explained in his 2019 “Equity Imperative” charge to the college:

  1. Massachusetts has one of the worst Latino-White college attainment gaps in the nation.
  2. NECC serves one of the largest Latino populations in Massachusetts.
  3. That population is growing, at a time when every other student
    demographic is shrinking.

NECC is uniquely positioned to close the student success gap between Latino and white students and help prepare more citizens of Massachusetts for a prosperous future.

The Integrated Student Experience

A central feature of NECC’s Academic Master Plan and Strategic Plan, the “Integrated Student Experience” is about designing and delivering an integrated, structured, and inclusive student experience across campuses that maximizes student success.

NECC believes that colleges flourish when the student experience empowers students to take ownership of their success. Every stop on the student pathway— from recruitment and early college, to financial aid and support services, to academic achievements, retention, and completion—is guided and seamlessly connected through personal relationships with faculty and staff, buttressed by an efficient infrastructure that links organization, technology, facilities, and services across campuses. Ensuring access for students and preparing them to meet their educational goals, enter the world of work, and be informed, active citizens in our global society is paramount.

Through our “Integrated Student Experience” initiative we have created a Student Success Hub and five Academic Centers for students studying Business and Accounting, Health Professions, the Liberal Arts, Professional Studies, and STEM fields; created discipline-specific Guided Pathways; reimagined the academic advising process; adopted EAB Navigate as a central communications and planning tool for students and advisors; and more.

Professional Growth and Development

Northern Essex Community College is proud of our commitment to the personal growth and development of all of our faculty and staff, and particularly of our dedication to growing “leaders at every level.”

The “Professional Growth” goal of our NECC 2020 Strategic Plan calls for “increasing opportunities for faculty and staff that encourage professional growth, foster experimentation, and advance curriculum innovation.”

We believe our faculty and staff prosper when they can continue to strengthen their practice throughout their careers. Whether that be through facilitated learning, conference attendance, cross-functional teams, or other collaborative endeavors, opportunities for professional growth for both full and part-time employees are essential. Further, the college must be flexible and support these efforts by enabling innovation and promoting the development of new models for curriculum such as those that provide transformative learning, guided pathways, global experiences, distance learning, integrative and accelerated learning, and competency-based education.

Cross-College Collaboration

The most effective leaders at Northern Essex Community College are the leaders who are capable collaborators; the ones able to think and work flexibly toward the greater good, to be out in front and on point for a project one day, and rolling up their sleeves to support someone else the next.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Professional and Personal Characteristics

The characteristics listed below describe the ideal next Vice President of Academic Affairs at Northern Essex Community College. They are based on the Leadership and Collaboration Opportunities expressed above, as well as feedback from more than two-hundred college faculty and staff participating in an Appreciative Inquiry process centered on “Exceptional Leadership.”

The next Vice President of Academic Affairs will possess the following strengths:

  • Be an experienced student-centered educator who recognizes the primary role of the teaching-learning process at a community college.
  • Understand and embrace the comprehensive community college mission, including the importance of the Liberal Arts and transfer purpose, as well as professional credentialing, Early College opportunities, adult basic education, and more.
  • Have a record of accomplishment as a teacher and a leader in higher education.
  • Possess a commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Commitment to the mission and needs of a Hispanic Serving Institution.
  • Understand the “bigger picture” including how instruction and academic support relate to student services, finance, facilities, human resources, and other parts of the college.
  • Demonstrate a positive leadership style and be a team builder who recognizes the multiple strengths and work styles in others and appreciates faculty and staff for their contributions.
  • Ability to recruit and select an outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and foster ethical styles of leadership by demonstrating integrity, honesty, directness, humility and flexibility.
  • Strong planning and budgeting skills.
  • Highly collaborative.
  • Action-oriented, data-driven, change agent.
  • Experience with developing and effectively using learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional level.
  • Understanding of current classroom, online, and other forms of instructional technology needs and practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community involvement, including activities that maintain and strengthen NECC’s image. Show success in maintaining existing relationships and strengthening new partnerships with businesses and community leader.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An advanced degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Full or part-time teaching experience in a higher education setting.
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible leadership experience in a higher education setting.