JANET E. SCHULTE, Ph.D. NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NANTUCKET ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
For Immediate Release: January 26, 2016 NANTUCKET The Board of Directors of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce (NICC) announced today that it has appointed Janet E. Schulte, Ph.D. as Executive Director of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. Schulte will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chamber including budgets, staffing, strategic planning, marketing and public relations, membership services and benefits, and board relations. The role also requires ongoing communication with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), for its promotional efforts of Nantucket as one of sixteen Regional Tourism Councils in Massachusetts funded by MOTT.
Schulte's experience on Nantucket includes eight years as Executive Director of the Maria Mitchell Association, and three years on the NICC Board of Directors; she is currently an active member of the First Congregational Church of Nantucket where she serves on the Church Council, Capital Fund Drive Committee and Board of Deacons. Her knowledge of Nantucket is deepened by her hobby as an amateur birder with the Nantucket Birding Club and as a frequent walker on the island's conservation lands. Her service to the Town of Nantucket includes seven years as the community representative to the Nantucket High School Council and as a member of the Town's Ad Hoc Fiscal Committee in 2009.
Prior to her arrival on Nantucket, Schulte's twenty-five year career in higher education administration at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA included positions as Provost, Vice President for Planning, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate University Professor. Schulte holds a Ph.D. in American History and wrote a dissertation titled, "Summer Homes: A History of Family Vacation Communities in Northern New England, 1880-1940." She has published scholarly articles and delivered presentations in the areas of labor history, women's history, and immigration history.
Leslie Woodson Snell, President of the Chamber, commented on Schulte's appointment: "A change in leadership creates new opportunities for an organization, and I am very excited for the Chamber to be working with a new Executive Director. Janet has a broad range of professional experience, including serving as the Interim Executive Director for the past six months, which will continue to serve the Chamber membership well. Above all, Janet's background in higher education is an asset which will enable us to expand business development programs and resources for the benefit of our members. The Chamber is in a strong position as an organization, and I am confident that Janet's leadership skills will reinforce our solid reputation in the business community."
"In my ten years on the island I've come to understand the unique features that make Nantucket so special," said Schulte. "Principal among them are its people and the services and experiences we offer each other, our seasonal residents and our visitors. The Chamber promotes those services and experiences and helps to insure that they are an outstanding product. I'm excited about the opportunity to help steward and strengthen that legacy."
The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1954. It is the primary organization dedicated to promoting the interests of the island business community. With over 675 business, non profit, and individual members, the chamber is also concerned with the ongoing viability and vitality of the historical, cultural, civic and environmental and recreational features that position Nantucket as a premier destination for visitors and provides a special way of life for its residents.