David Hartleb served as president of Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts for over fifteen years before retiring in June 2011. As an Achieving the Dream leadership coach he has worked with 19 community colleges in the middle states, north central and southern regions.
During David’s tenure at Northern Essex CC enrollment increased by 43%, especially among minorities, which represented 36% of total enrollment at the end of his presidency. Among other issues, he focused on improving the persistence and graduation rates of minority students in part by having the Lawrence Campus designated as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
In 2007 the college became an ATD Network institution and in 2011 was awarded the ATD Leader College designation. Within the college, David was an advocate for positive change, supporting efforts (Appreciative Inquiry, Process Management) to adopt strategies to improve effectiveness and efficiency and positively transform the culture.
I.E.M. | Harvard University
J.D. | Chase College of Law
M.A. (History); B.A. (History) | University of Cincinnati
President | Northern Essex Community College, Massachusetts
Vice President and Provost for Access and Outreach Education | University of Cincinnati
Dean | University College, University of Cincinnati
How has education changed your life/your family?
Education (both formal and informal) has opened the door for my growth as a higher education professional. It gave me the skills to be successful in my various positions. Also, I grew as a person to have the knowledge to work well with others, to provide leadership, and to be able to research and become knowledgeable about effective practices.