As part of this year’s opening ceremonies, Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn conferred emeritus status on several longtime faculty and staff who have recently retired.
In Northern Essex, the rank of emeritus is an honor that recognizes sustained excellence in performance, character and meritorious service at the college.
Stephen Fabbrucci of Atkinson, NH, has been named Vice President Emeritus of Human Resources. He started at college in 1977 as a personnel director. Over the years, he has been promoted to Assistant Dean of Human Resources, Associate Dean of Human Resources, Dean of Human Resources and, from which he retired in 2019, Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Fabbrucci has worked for three Norther Essex Presidents: John Dimitry, David Hartleb and Lane Glenn.
“We all have very different styles, but one thing we had in common was our confidence and appreciation for Steve. No one in the community college system knew more about collective bargaining than Steve, and he was often called upon to provide leadership on this issue at the state level, ”said Glenn.
Gail Feigenbaum of Andover has been named Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education. She joined the Faculty of Early Childhood Education in 1986 and has been the coordinator of this program since 2001, retiring in 2020.
Joanna Fortna of Haverhill, has been appointed Emeritus Professor of Academic Preparation. She was an adjunct faculty member for 11 years before being appointed full-time developmental writing faculty and curriculum coordinator in 1998. She retired in 2020 after 33 years of college service. .
Marilyn McCarthy of Andover has been named Emeritus Professor of Academic Preparation. McCarthy began teaching college reading, philosophy, logic, and world religions at Northern Essex in 1998 and became a full-time faculty member in Developmental Reading in 2001. She retired in 2020.
Suzanne Van Wert of Plaistow, NH, has been appointed Emeritus Professor of English. She joined the college’s English faculty in 1983 and for many years served as department chair.
Others who received emeritus status but could not attend the ceremony were Kerin Hamidiani of Salem, NH, professor emeritus in dental assisting; Nancy Julin de Leominster, Associate Dean Emeritus of the Health Professions; Patricia Kidney de Dracut, professor emeritus of art and design; and Jean Poth of Groveland, Vice President Emeritus of Institutional Advancement.