Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Higher Education

November 1st, 2006 by Adam

Twenty years ago, a New Hampshire college or university with a woman president was a rarity; times have certainly changed. The New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership Network is sponsoring a reception honoring the women presidents of New Hampshire’s institutions of higher learning on November 9, from 5-7 p.m.

The reception is being held at the Plymouth State University Graduate site at 2 Pillsbury Str. in Concord. Laura Knoy of New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange program will serve as Mistress of Ceremony.

The women presidents expected to attend include: Sara Jayne Steen, Plymouth State University, Mary Jo Greco, Hesser College; Darlene Miller, New Hampshire Community Technical College – Manchester; Lucille Jordan, New Hampshire Community Technical College – Nashua; Lynn Kilchenstein, New Hampshire Technical Institute – Concord; Katharine Eneguess, New Hampshire Community Technical College – Berlin; Karol LaCroix, Granite State College, Helen Giles-Gee, Keene State College and Bonnie Newman (interim), University of New Hampshire.

“Plymouth State University is very pleased to host this event for women leaders in higher education,” said Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, associate vice president at PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. “PSU has long been affiliated with this organization and we expect a very good turnout for this event.”

The Women in Higher Education Leadership Network promotes women’s leadership in higher education and throughout society as a whole; supporting the creating of an educational, social and political climate in which women participate equally with men in the workplace and in setting public agendas; and foster effective partnerships with organizations that pursue shared goals.

For more information about this event, contact Elaine Kondrat at (603) 535-3267 or e-mail

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.