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President Lisa Marsh Ryerson

Leadership & History

President Lisa Marsh Ryerson

About Lisa

Lisa Marsh Ryerson is the President of Southern New Hampshire University. She assumed her role on July 1, 2024.

Jada Hebra, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at SNHU


The leadership at Southern New Hampshire University is comprised of dedicated professionals from diverse backgrounds, each of whom brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the institution. Collectively, they fuel the passion that drives every individual at Southern New Hampshire University to do all that can be done to see our students succeed.

Historical image of the NH School of Accounting and Commerce


The state of New Hampshire in 1963 granted the university its charter, which gave it degree-granting authority. The first associate degrees were awarded that year, and the first bachelor's degrees were conferred three years later. The college became a nonprofit institution under a board of trustees in September 1968, and the name was shortened to New Hampshire College in 1969.