Roundtable will offer rich discussion of key issues in higher education: Registration still open for Wednesday’s event

The NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness will host a Higher Education Roundtable on Wednesday, May 19, at 1 p.m. to provide important information on state, regional, and national trends in higher education, particularly around workforce development, access, and institutional consolidations. There’s still time to register for this lively discussion featuring experts in the field of higher education. The roundtable aims to inform the dialogue around the proposed merger of the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of NH and bring new voices and perspectives into the conversation. 

This event is free and open to the public and will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is required. Register here.

About our panelists

Michael Turmelle
  • Michael Turmelle, Director of Education and Career Initiatives, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
    Michael Turmelle is the Director of Education and Career Initiatives at the NH Charitable Foundation.  In his role, Michael oversees education grantmaking, as well as the Foundation’s scholarship program.  Each year, NHCF awards more than $6M in scholarships to NH students pursuing higher education.  Prior to his work at the Foundation, Michael worked in higher education and K-12 public education for nearly 26 years.

Brian Prescott
  • Brian Prescott, Vice President, National Center For Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
    Brian Prescott is Vice President at NCHEMS, where he leads and supports projects on behalf of states, state agencies and systems related to state strategic planning, postsecondary finance and affordability, governance and organization, demographics, and student success and workforce outcomes. Recent projects include supporting statewide legislatively created strategic planning commissions in Vermont and Utah, as well as a review and evaluation of the performance funding policy in Florida. His background also includes involvement at the national level in the development and use of data systems to support policy objectives like program quality and informed student choice. Prior to coming to NCHEMS in 2016, Prescott spent 11+ years in a similar role at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), where his work included authorship of two editions of WICHE’s widely used state-by-state projections of high school graduates. He currently serves as a member of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Board of Directors. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Virginia.
  • Joyce Judy, President, Community College of Vermont
    Joyce Judy has been president of CCV since 2009. A special focus of her work is on expanding access to higher education for all Vermonters, from high school students taking college courses to adult students seeking new career opportunities. She has overseen the development of a broad number of workforce education initiatives and has been a statewide leader in increasing the number of students who continue their education after high school. 
Joyce Judy

By expanding CCV’s relationships with the philanthropic community, Judy has achieved significant growth in private support for CCV initiatives, including several scholarship programs, the Introduction to College and Careers course to improve college-going rates of Vermont high school students, and enhanced services to veteran and military students. 

The panel will be moderated by Nicole Heimarck, the Executive Director of the NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness.

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The NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness, is a project of Reaching Higher NH. The Alliance is a diverse and collaborative group focused on bridging policy, communications, and engagement efforts to help all NH students graduate college and career ready. Alliance members include representatives from K-12 education, postsecondary education, business & industry, and the nonprofit sector. Learn more at