University of New Hampshire Welcomes New President

The University of New Hampshire (UNH), a New England Council member, has named James W. Dean as the institution’s 20th President.  Dean has most recently served as Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill, where he was also a professor of organizational behavior.  Dean succeeds Mark W. Huddleston, who is retiring after 11 years at the helm of UNH, the Granite State’s largest public university.

As UNC’s chief academic officer, Dean hired seven deans, bolstered faculty retention efforts, and led campus-wide efforts for the university’s 10-year review process for reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission., He also worked to strengthen student advising to better meet the needs of the diverse campus.  Dean was selected after a national search and was approved by the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees by a unanimous vote. He starts in his new position on June 30, 2018.

John Small, chairman of the University System board, said UNH is gaining an “experienced leader from one of the nation’s top public universities.” Dean said, “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as president of UNH at a time when all public universities need to rethink our efforts to support the public through teaching, research and engagement.”

The New England Council congratulates UNH and looks forward to working with President Dean in his new role.   Read more on News Observer, New Hampshire Public Radio, or in UNH’s press release.

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