Dr. Ross Gittell

Chancellor, Community College System of New Hampshire



Dr. Ross Gittell became the Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire in 2012. He is vice president, forecast manager, and board member of the New England Economic Partnership; a director of the Exeter Trust Company; a board and executive committee member of Exeter Hospital and a member of the board of the New England Board of Higher Education.

He was appointed by Governors Benson and Hassan to the NH Consensus Revenue Estimating Committee, by Governor Hassan to chair the NH STEM K-12 Education Task Force, by Governor Lynch to the Economic Development Advisory Council and to the Shipyard Advisory Council, and worked with Governor Shaheen on economic policy.

He served on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Task Force for Philanthropy and was a board member of the New England Higher Education Public Policy Collaborative. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Green Launching Pad, a business accelerator program in New Hampshire.

Ross has published books, articles and professional studies. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Champion of Educational Opportunity Award from the NH Educational Opportunity Association and the Award for Excellence in Service from the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Gittell holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. He has acted as the James R. Carter Professor in the Department of Management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He has also taught at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in New York, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ross and his wife live in Portsmouth.