CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s Executive Council has confirmed a new corrections commissioner and director of the Division of Economic Development.

Helen Hanks, of Tilton, succeeds outgoing Commissioner William Wrenn at the Department of Corrections. Wrenn is stepping down Thursday after 12 years on the job.

Hanks has been assistant commissioner of the department since 2014. Before that, she was director of the Medical and Forensic Services Division. She began with the department as a social worker assigned to the state prison in 2003.

Will Arvelo, president of Great Bay Community College, is leading the Division of Economic Development. He’s credited with guiding the college through a period of growth, which included moving it from Stratham to the Pease International Tradeport and development of the Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester.

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