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Lexus is Toyota’s premier brand in the U.S., but in Japan, the top model is the Century. First sold in 1967, it represents Toyota’s highest level of craftsmanship, luxury, and comfort — and 21years since the last redesign, the 3rd-gen Century has launched, ready for a lucky few Japanese VIPs. Toyota plans to sell just 50 of the chauffeur-driven cars per month, according to a company release.

The 2018Century’s price sheet starts at 19,600,000 yen, or$178,164 at today’s exchange rate. For comparison shoppers, the Century’s base price is roughly the same as the cost for two well-equipped 2018 Lexus LS sedans, two 2018 Angara Oval Citrine Solitaire Ring with Pave Diamonds in 14K Rose Gold 67CVt5z
, or five top-of-the-line 2018 Toyota Camry V6 XSEs.

A glance at the Century’s exterior reveals its purpose. The rear seat interior space is proportionately greater than in most sedans, indicating that’s where the important people sit. The chauffeur’s forward seat isn’t cramped by any means, but it’s significantly smaller than the accommodations in therear.

You could mistake the Century for a Rolls Royce, especially fromthe side. The resemblance seems intentional. Calling the Century’s shape “an attractive eternal design that infuses tradition and dignity,” Toyota states the luxury vehicle’s “outline reflects the Japanese aesthetic of passive symmetry while employing a proprietary ideology that focuses on creating a regal rear seating space.”

The Century’s intricate front grill sets off the car’s hand-engraved phoenix emblem, which Toyota says requires six weeks of work by a skilled craftsman.

The 2018 Century has a hybrid powertrain, combining a 375-hp 5.0-literV8 and a 221 hp electric motor for a total of 596 horsepower. According to Toyota, the Century’s power combo delivers 13.6 kilometers per liter of fuel — approximately 32 miles per gallon.

Standard equipment includes active noise control and an electronically-controlled air suspension.

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The 2018 Century includes Toyota Safety Sense with four components.Pre-Collision System helps prevent or mitigate hitting anything, vehicles and pedestrians included. Lane Departure Alert uses audible and visual alerts to let the driver know if the car is drifting from the lane, with standard lane keeping assistance that will tug on the wheel to keep the vehicle on course.

Radar Cruise Control with All-Speed Tracking helps maintain distance from a leading vehicle, and the Adaptive High Beam System controls the headlights. Blind spot monitoring and parking assistance are standard.

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If you didn’trealize from the Century’s exterior that the rear compartment is where the buyers of this car are meant to ride, the interior will set you straight. The rear seating area has a raised ceiling with luxury ceiling fabric. The left rear passenger seat has an adjustable power leg rest with a built-in pneumatic massage function.

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For Immediate Release June 6, 2018

President Appointed for River Valley Community College

Claremont, NH - The Board of Trustees of the Community College System for New Hampshire (CCSNH) has appointed Alfred Williams, IV as the President of River Valley Community College. The unanimous appointment was made by the CCSNH Board of Trustees upon recommendation of CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell.

Williams most recently served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT, where he also held positions as Interim Dean of Student Services, Director of Enrollment Management, and Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Services. Before joining Quinebaug, over the course of a twenty-year career in higher education he held positions at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA and Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

“We are very pleased to appoint Alfred Williams to the presidency of River Valley Community College,” said Jeremy Hitchcock, Chairman of the CCSNH Board of Trustees. “We were particularly impressed with the breadth of Alfred’s expertise in all facets of college operations, his commitment to student success, and his affinity for rural institutions that serve a diverse student population and a base of small and medium-sized employers that operate in an economy that is highly local in workforce development needs, while increasingly global in skills attainment,” said Hitchcock.

Williams, who holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Cornell University, spent his early career in the legal profession but found his “calling” working at community colleges. “When I started working at a community college, I found my true professional calling,” Williams said. “Community colleges change lives. When students receive that degree or certificate and graduate prepared for a fulfilling career or to take the next step on their educational pathway, we see the transformative effect of a student-centered college education. Being part of those successes inspires me every day to advocate for students and ensure we provide the best experience possible for them. And we do this in a cost-effective way for the students and taxpayers.”

Chancellor Ross Gittell recommended Williams after a search process that included stakeholders from the college and community. “Alfred Williams showed a deep understanding and appreciation for the role River Valley Community College plays for the communities it serves and strong commitment to student success, and he has a strong track record on both leading and collaborating to achieve institutional goals,” said Dr. Gittell. “He has delivered innovative strategies and strong results on student financial aid, enrollment and retention, program development, and building partnerships with area employers.” Gittell said that Williams also stood out because of his specific interest in rural-serving institutions, which face unique circumstances involved in meeting the needs of a geographically dispersed population in a financially sustainable way.

Gittell noted that Williams has been engaged in addressing emerging trends on college campuses, including efforts to help students graduate debt free through innovative approaches to financial aid and fundraising, and addressing issues of food insecurity faced by students across all educational sectors, including community colleges.

Williams has taught courses in Business Law, American Government and Comparative Politics while at Quinebaug Community College, and has led in bringing Open Educational Resources to students to reduce the costs for textbooks and course materials. He has also been part of accreditation teams through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). As president of River Valley Community College, Williams will lead the institution through its upcoming NEASC re-accreditation process.

CCSNH Trustee Allen Damren, who chaired the search committee, said “Alfred emerged from a pool of strong candidates as a very good fit for River Valley. We were impressed by his energy and commitment, as well as by his appreciation for the challenges within higher education at this time. I think he will be a very strong contributor to the college, the system and the state.”

Williams will start July 1, 2018.

River Valley Community College is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire, offering thirty-nine associate degree and certificate programs in Claremont, Keene, Lebanon, and Online. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of post-secondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.


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