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Maine College of Health Professions Names President

Date of Release: April 20, 2016

The Maine College of Health Professions has appointed Monika Bissell as the college's president. Dr. Bissell, of Plymouth, N.H., began her position on April 18.

Previously, Dr. Bissell served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, where she worked closely with faculty, advisors, and professional staff in developing and implementing quality academic programs. Additionally, Dr. Bissell has held leadership roles in distance learning initiatives, organizational restructuring, strategic planning, and in expansion of community partnerships. She has also served in other leadership capacities, including being a member of President's and VPAA councils, managing operating budgets and working to set capital investment priorities, directing NEASC decennial accreditation and substantive change efforts, spearheading technology initiatives, and working on emergency response strategies.

Dr. Bissell has dedicated herself to working collaboratively to enhance student experiences and outcomes, and she is skilled in identifying and implementing process improvements. "Nothing rewards me more than being a part of individual and organizational self-actualization. I am honored and excited by the prospect of working with the students, faculty, and staff of MCHP in realizing an incredibly bright future. There is tremendous energy, dedication, and clarity of purpose here, and I'm very grateful to be a part of the MCHP community."

The administration, faculty, staff, and students, are very excited and enthusiastic in welcoming Dr. Bissell to our college community. Her energy, experience, vision, and hands-on approach to leadership are a great fit with MCHP.

Pamela Baker, chair of the MCHP board of trustees adds that, "Dr. Bissell brings to her Presidency a strong and diverse set of leadership experiences. I am very pleased that she has joined the Maine College of Health Professions and we look forward to working with her."

Prior to her position at Landmark, Dr. Bissell served as Associate Vice President for Distance Education and Professional Studies at Rivier University, and Dean of Distance Education and Assistant Professor at Daniel Webster College, both in Nashua, N.H. Additionally, Dr. Bissell has served as Director at the Bureau of Education and Training for the State of New Hampshire.

Dr. Bissell holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova-Southeastern University (2008), and a Masters of Business Administration from Plymouth State College (1994), and earned her undergraduate degree in public and corporate communication (Cum Laude) from Butler University (1987).

Dr. Bissell will succeed Dr. Richard Farmer as President of MCHP.

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