Keene State officially welcomes new school president
Anne E. Huot was inaugurated as Keene State College's 10th president in a ceremony in Spaulding Gymnasium at the college on Friday. (Meghan Pierce/union Leader Correspondent)
Standing before the audience, Huot said her heart was filled with joy, and she was humbled by the confidence placed in her.
"When it comes to Keene State College, I have gone all in," Huot said. "I am an Owl for life."
Huot thanked her many family members present at the ceremony.
Along with her family, Huot said, she was also grateful to the mentors in her life, especially Rene Charles Lachapelle, her former professor when she was a graduate student at the University of Vermont.
Huot announced the endowment of the Rene Charles Lachapelle Fund in his memory.
"Over the course of 100 years, the college has evolved to meet the needs of its students, ensuring the relevancy of its mission and honoring its core value that public education is a public good," Huot said.
And like other colleges and universities, Keene State will face many hard decisions.
Huot has 24 years of academic leadership experience. After living outside of her home state for the past 28 years, the New Hampshire native returned to the Granite State last spring to step in as the new Keene State president.
Before coming to Keene, Huot had most recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs for the past six years at the College at Brockport, State University of New York.
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