The New Hampshire College & University Council is governed by a Board of Directors made up of higher education presidents. An experienced and highly trained professional staff manages our innovative programs.
A Council of Presidents
NHCUC Board of Directors
President, New England College
Sr. Paula Marie Buley
President, Rivier University
President, Colby-Sawyer College
President, Franklin Pierce University
Chancellor, New England College
President, Keene State College
President, Plymouth State University
JAMES W. DEAN, JR.
President, University of New Hampshire
President, Saint Anselm College
Provost/CEO, Antioch University New England
President, Nashua Community College
President, Hellenic American University
President, Southern New Hampshire University
President, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Chancellor, Community College System of New Hampshire
Debby Scire, EdD, has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit leadership. She has served as President and CEO of the New Hampshire College & University Council since 2019. She has also held leadership roles at partnering organization Campus Compact for New Hampshire, where she continues to serve as Executive Director.
Previously, Scire was the Director of Cooperative Education at Northern Essex Community College. There she was responsible for advancing learning through experiential education and community engagement initiatives, including cooperative education, internships, and service-learning. Before serving in a similar capacity at Merrimack College, she worked in admissions and in residence life.
Scire has a Doctorate of Education from New England College. She also holds degrees from Simmons College and from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Stephanie Soule Lesperance is the State Director of the New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance, a project of the New Hampshire College & University Council and Campus Compact for New Hampshire. She has been with both organizations since 1999.
As Director of GEAR UP, Lesperance oversees programs to increase college access and success for low-income students. Before joining NHCUC she served as the Program Coordinator at AmeriCorps Hillsborough Reads in Tampa, Florida. She also completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps member.
Lesperance has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from New England College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Maine at Farmington. She is also a graduate of the 2010 Class of Leadership NH and a member of the 2008 Class of NH’s “40 Under Forty.”
Maggie DeBaugh is the Director of Member Engagement with New Hampshire College & University Council. In this role, Maggie supports the member institutions by leading committees, planning and directing programming, implementing professional development opportunities, and much more. Maggie grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Travel and Tourism from Clemson University. She entered the non-profit sector after earning a certificate in Non-Profit Management and has been working in college access since 2016. She moved to New Hampshire in 2020 when she joined the NHCUC team as a GEAR UP Access Coordinator at Manchester Memorial High School.
In addition to coordinating the New Hampshire Scholars Program, Ciaran Farley serves as the Executive Assistant for all of the New Hampshire College & University Council. In the latter role she supports the NH GEAR UP Alliance, including the GEAR UP New Hampshire and GEAR UP Manchester teams, as well as the AmeriCorps VISTA team and NHCUC staff.
Farley also partners with Maine Campus Compact and Campus Compact for Southern New England on the Fusion project, an online service-learning course series for faculty. Previously she worked as an Academic Advisor at Southern New Hampshire University. She passionately believes in the power of higher education to change lives.
Farley received her Bachelors of Art degree in Drama from the Catholic University of America.
Hannah Lewis is the Digital and Communications Specialist for New Hampshire College & University Council. Hannah manages NHCUC’s social media platforms and website, develops content for various NHCUC media channels, and communicates effectively with internal staff and external campus partners to highlight both NHCUC and our member campus’ accomplishments and successes. Hannah previously worked as a marketing assistant and videographer at her alma mater, Southern New Hampshire University, and has taught high school English at both public and private schools.
Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English in 2019 from Southern New Hampshire University.