With SNHU merger on hold, search renewed for NHIA president
NHIA board of trustees decided last week to reopen the presidential search and remain independent after hearing from many students opposed to the prospects of a merger during a public forum. Administrators from both schools agreed more discussion was needed and put off the merger, which could have taken place as early as Sept. 1.
A merger between NHIA and SNHU is still possible, but more discussion is needed, Strawbridge said.
“If we are to go it alone, we must implement a concrete plan for meeting yearly enrollment targets over the next five years. Otherwise, we face inevitable compromises in the institute’s service to our stated mission,” the board said.
To cover basic costs without having to raise tuition costs, Strawbridge said overall enrollment needs to increase to about 650 within the next five years.
Strawbridge said he believed a partnership with SNHU would still benefit the school, but NHIA student and faculty want to make sure the downtown campus retains its cultural identity.
“There is no urgency about this for either party,” he said. “We will continue the discussions in a measured way and see where we are.”
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