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January 8, 2024

Southern Maine Community College looks to NH for its next president

Southern Maine Community College's next president will be Kristen Miller, the vice president of academic affairs at White Mountains Community College in Berlin, N.H.

She will assume the role in February, succeeding Tiffanie Bentley, who has served as interim president since August. Bentley took over for Joe Cassidy after he announced he would be stepping down to become president of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. 

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Kristen Miller

“It is an honor and a privilege to join this remarkable institution, and I am truly humbled by the trust placed in me by President David Daigler and the Board of Trustees,” Miller said in a news release.

“I want to express my deepest appreciation to all those involved in this selection process. Your confidence in my abilities is both inspiring and motivating. I assure you that I am fully committed to upholding the values of academic excellence, inclusivity, and innovation that define this college.”

Miller has experience in a variety of education sectors. She has worked at White Mountains Community College since 2014, serving as associate vice president of academic affairs, an admissions counselor and an English professor. 

She also served as a lecturer in education at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and as an English teacher at Kennett High School in North Conway, N.H.

“Dr. Miller is the right person at the right time to lead SMCC,” said Daigler. “Her proven leadership as an innovative administrator, classroom instructor and experience in implementing Guided Pathways and workforce training make her an outstanding choice who is well prepared to continue the strong forward momentum at Southern Maine Community College.”

Miller holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from Capella University in Minnesota, a master’s degree in education and education leadership from the University of New England in Maine, and a bachelor’s degree in communications and English from Sonoma State University in California.

She serves on the board of trustees for the Conway, N.H.-based nonprofit Starting Point, which offers services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and on the board of directors for New Hampshire’s Jobs for America’s Graduates. She is also a member of the Educational Justice Institute of New England Board of Higher Education and the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center advisory board.

Southern Maine Community College is the state's largest community college, with nearly 6,000 students, over 40 degree programs, campuses in South Portland and Brunswick and seven satellite locations.

Among all colleges and universities in Maine, SMCC was ranked No. 4 in the 2024 Mainebiz Book of Lists, based on full-time undergraduate enrollment of 2,922 in fall 2023.

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