College for Lifelong Learning President Steps Down

June 11th, 2004 by Adam

Lee, NH – University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Chancellor, Stephen J. Reno announced today that Thomas M. Rocco, President of the College for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has resigned, effective immediately.

Chancellor Reno praised President Rocco’s dedication to adult learning and his efforts to provide affordable access to higher education throughout New Hampshire. “President Rocco’s ongoing commitment to the distinctive needs of adult learners in the state is commendable. He has dedicated the majority of his 30 plus year career to that cause. Many good things were achieved during his time with CLL.”

Rocco became President of CLL in September, 2001, having previously served as President and CEO of the Leadership Institute of Seattle, a non-profit educational and training organization located in Kenmore, Washington.

The USNH Board of Trustees will continue an ongoing review of CLL. Chancellor Reno said that the Trustees remain dedicated to improving access, quality, flexibility and program choice for adult learners state-wide, and are committed to completing their assessment of CLL in a full, open and objective manner. No final decisions have been made with regard to the CLL review because the study is not yet complete. “The Trustees are steadfast in their focus to serve the best interests of adult learners throughout New Hampshire during this transition” added Reno.

Reno also said that, at this time, no interim or acting president has been named to replace President Rocco.