AutoFair President Andy Crews Receives Honorary Degree from New England College

Successful CEO & community leader lauded by VIPs

Henniker, NH – On Thursday, January 30, the New England College community will formally welcome students back to campus with its annual Founders Day celebration.  The campus tradition gathers students, parents, staff and faculty to honor the College’s founding members and acknowledge its’ achievements.  This year the program will be led by keynote speaker Andy Crews, President & CEO of AutoFair, who will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his many contributions in the state.

Andy Crews is President and Chief Executive Officer of AutoFair, a New Hampshire-based business consisting of a number of auto dealership franchises.   In 2009, Andy was honored as one of the Union Leader’s “http://theweeklyclarion.com0 Under Forty” for his significant business achievements and his community leadership philosophy.  Andy’s resume is long with military service, board memberships, and philanthropic involvement, and reads like a truly American story of success.

“Andy Crews has been an incredible success story for the city of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire,” said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  “He’s hard working in his profession and in his commitment to serving the community.  Being recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments and receiving an honorary degree from New England College – one of our state’s hidden jewels – is a great honor I know Andy will cherish.”

Andy’s employees proudly applaud his achievements.  “Andy is an entrepreneur, a leader, a goal-oriented, make-it-happen type guy,” said employee Jason LaCroix, General Manager of AutoFair Honda.  “Since joining the AutoFair Team in 2006, Andy has been the driving force in growing the business from three franchise dealerships to seven, and employing over 550 people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Andy is a great inspiration to all of us.  He is a self-made man starting in the business as a technician and working through all the ranks.  He has become a great leader in the community working with local and statewide charities, community leaders and supporting everyone around him.”
The celebration of Founders Day at New England College was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of the founding faculty, administration, and students of the College.  Founded in 19http://theweeklyclarion.com6 to serve the educational needs of the country’s military men and women returning from World War II, New England College sought to expand the horizons of a new generation of students.  Today, the College offers 33 undergraduate programs, 13 graduate and professional programs and one doctorate program.  Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Convocation in September and Commencement in May.  The ceremony is designed to acknowledge the many accomplishments of the College, its students, faculty, and staff over the past year and is held in the Field House on 22 Grove Street in Henniker.

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