President Jonathan M. Daube Receives 2008 New England Higher Education Excellence Award

Manchester, Conn., - (March 26, 2008)… Manchester Community College President Jonathan M. Daube was honored at the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) 2008 New England Higher Education Excellence Awards.

Daube received the Connecticut State Merit Award for his work as president of Manchester Community College.

Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity. The organization also presents State Merit Awards to honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state.

Originally from Great Britain, Daube moved to the United States in 1963. He became president of Manchester Community College in central Connecticut in 1987.

MCC is the largest of the Connecticut's community colleges, serving more than 15,000 students a year, with nearly 6,000 undergraduate students in credit programs and more than 7,000 credit-free and 2,000 credit extension students each year.

The college is also home to Great Path Academy, a middle college high school in which students work simultaneously on high school diplomas and post-secondary degrees or certificates. Construction began during the 2007-2008 academic year on a new wing for Great Path, which is expected to eventually increase enrollment to about 300 students.

Daube has been a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, has served as a visiting member of the editorial board of the Hartford Courant and was recently elected president of the board of directors of the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) Development Trust.

Previously, he was president of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.; professor and director of Union Graduate School in Yellow Springs, Ohio; superintendent of schools in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; and an English teacher, both in Newton, Mass. and in England.

In May 2007, Daube announced his intention to retire after the 2007-2008 academic year.

Additional information about NEBHE’s New England Higher Education Excellence Awards is available online at

NEBHE is a nonprofit, congressionally authorized agency whose mission is to promote greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England. NEBHE programs are principally focused on the relationship between New England higher education and regional economic development.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.
News Item Posted On: March 26, 2008
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