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Our Leadership

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

Wayne Lesperance

President, New England College

Sr. Paula Marie Buley

President, Rivier University

Susan Stuebner

President, Colby-Sawyer College

Kim Mooney

President, Franklin Pierce University

Melinda Treadwell

President, Keene State College

Donald Birx

President, Plymouth State University


President, University of New Hampshire

Joseph Favazza

President, Saint Anselm College

Shawn Fitzgerald

Provost/CEO, Antioch University New England

Lucille Jordan

President, Nashua Community College

Paul LeBlanc

President, Southern New Hampshire University

Leonidas Koskos

President, Hellenic American University

Richard Lessard

President, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Chancellor, Community College System of New Hampshire

program professionals 


Dr. Debby Scire

Dr. Debby Scire

President & CEO

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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 Lesperance

Stephanie Lesperance

State Director, NH GEAR UP Alliance

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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

Maggie debaugh

Director of Member Engagement

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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.

Ciaran Farley

Ciaran Farley

New Hampshire Scholars Coordinator

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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.



Digital and Communications Manager

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Kayleigh Bennett is the Digital and Communications Manager for the New Hampshire College and University Council and Campus Compact for New Hampshire. Since joining the NHCUC in February 2024, Kayleigh has supported both organizations in developing communication, marketing, and social media strategies that spotlight the NHCUC’s impactful initiatives and foster statewide engagement in programming. She is committed to expanding access to higher education opportunities within her home state of New Hampshire and empowering individuals from all backgrounds to realize their full potential through education.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Creative Services from Plymouth State University, Kayleigh spent five years working in higher education communications, events, and marketing at her alma mater, where she served as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Enrollment.