Presidential Search

Faculty and Graduates

We are pleased to share with you that Dr. Pelema Morrice has been selected as the new President of Great Bay Community College, effective August 2018.

Following a national search with a wide range of input from faculty and staff, students, local businesses and community members, Pelema’s candidacy stood out for his experience in education and his ability to facilitate innovative, collaborative, and high-achieving post-secondary environments. 

Pelema presently serves as Vice Provost at the University of Missouri, a position that includes oversight of admissions and financial aid; enrollment research, analytics and communications; registrar and student information systems; and community college transfer pathways among others.  He engaged in successful fundraising efforts and launched new scholarship programs, while increasing student yield and retention. He previously worked at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania as Chief Enrollment Officer, and at the University of Nebraska Omaha as Associate Vice Chancellor in the Academic and Student Affairs Division. He began his higher education career as a financial aid counselor at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. 

Pelema is currently an Executive MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He previously earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and B.A. from San Jose State University after transferring from Cabrillo Community College. Pelema's personal story is one that resonates in the context of our mission. Raised in a single-parent household, he is a former high school dropout whose own circuitous educational path informs his professional pursuits. Pelema is vested in the improvement of low-income students’ access to, and success in, postsecondary education and workforce development.

Please join us in congratulating Pelema and welcoming him to GBCC, CCSNH, and the beautiful state of New Hampshire.

You can read the press release here:

Ross Gittell, Chancellor
Jeremy Hitchcock, Board Chairman