Running the Campus

NECC President Lane Glenn shares stories and perspectives on leadership, higher education, and going the extra mile


Lane A. Glenn

President – Northern Essex Community College

Dr. Lane A. Glenn has been president of Northern Essex Community College (NECC) since 2011.

He is focused on student success and passionate about finding ways to help students achieve their educational goals, especially students who are underprepared for college. In addition, he is a strong advocate for colleges and universities as engines of economic and workforce development—particularly in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

Dr. Glenn has been responsible for significant expansion of NECC’s Lawrence campus, including the opening of the college’s new $27 million El Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center, NECC Riverwalk, iHealth@NECC, “The Hub,” and expansion of partnerships with area high schools, vocational schools, and four-year colleges and universities, such as Regis College, Lyndon State College, and UMass-Lowell, to expand educational opportunities in downtown Lawrence and Haverhill.

As part of this effort, Dr. Glenn is the chairman of the board for the newly formed “Lawrence Partnership,” a coalition of Lawrence-based businesses and organizations committed to the economic development of the city. In its first two years, the Lawrence Partnership launched a multi-million-dollar venture loan fund for small- and mid-sized businesses in the city; formed a training consortium to improve workforce development; and created a revolving “test kitchen” for aspiring restaurant entrepreneurs.

As a researcher, author, and consultant for higher education professionals, businesses, and the social sectors, he has produced articles and workshops on topics ranging from behavioral styles and team building, to change management, strategic planning, academic master planning, student development at commuter colleges, male college student success, and leadership through storytelling.

An avid runner, Dr. Glenn hosts the Campus Classic 5K Road Race and Fun Run on the Haverhill Campus in May. He also leads the NECC President’s Running Club which runs on the campus every week and is open to students, faculty, and staff of all running abilities.

Dr. Glenn earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University.

He is proud to say he got his start at a community college: Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

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