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New Board Chair at CCSNH
 
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jeremy Hitchcock, founder of Dyn, a company he grew into one of the world’s leading Internet service providers, has been named chair of the board of trustees of the Community College System of NH. Hitchcock succeeds Paul Holloway, who chaired the board since 2005 and did not seek re-nomination this year.

Hitchcock, of Manchester, is best known for founding Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in Manchester, connecting people, content, and commerce. Hitchcock created the company in 2001 while a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dyn grew from dynamic DNS to data, analytics, and traffic routing, handling 20 percent of the Fortune 500 and Alexa 1000 traffic. After growing the company to 500 employees and customers across six continents, achieving $100 million of ARR (accounting rate of return), and raising $100 million of growth capital, Hitchcock stepped down as CEO in 2016. Oracle acquired Dyn in 2017.

In 2017, Hitchcock started Minim, an IoT networking and security company inspired by the distributed denial of service attack against Dyn and other internet service providers on October 21, 2016. The incident left individuals and companies temporarily without internet access. While the attack was remedied within hours, it highlighted vulnerabilities faced in today’s business operations environment.

Industry recognition for Hitchcock includes Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (northeast), Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 rankings, and many best company to work for accolades. He has been featured in or written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, VentureBeat, Politico, and The Boston Globe. Topics have included building entrepreneurial ecosystems, running a bootstrapped and hyper-growth company, developing a talent pipeline, and managing the culture of companies. For his efforts in workforce development, he received an honorary doctorate from the University System of New Hampshire. In addition to serving as a CCSNH trustee, Hitchcock is also a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater.

Hitchcock joined the CCSNH board in 2008. “I am deeply honored to have been chosen to chair the board of an organization that is so essential to the strength of this state,” said Hitchcock.  “NH’s community colleges are unique among educational institutions in their mission to support New Hampshire’s economy and provide residents with opportunities to advance. Our mission of access to education for the state is best embodied by our drive for the state to achieve 65 percent attainment of a post-secondary credential by 2025.  Through the system’s leadership, this goal has been adopted by the state.”

Outgoing board chairman Paul Holloway, president of the Holloway Automotive Group and one who has been deeply involved in education and philanthropy over several decades, did not seek re-nomination. He will remain on the board and serve as part of the executive committee in the role of immediate past chair. Holloway said, “It has been a great honor to serve on the CCSNH board, including as chairman. However, there is tremendous talent throughout the board and after nearly 13 years in this role, I believe it’s time for new leadership.

Joining Hitchcock as CCSNH trustee officers are Kathy Bogle Shields of Canterbury as Vice Chair; Alison Stebbins of Portsmouth as Treasurer; and Kim Trisciani of Manchester as Secretary.

The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools.


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