Lisa MacFarlane Named Next Provost

Lisa MacFarlane Named Next Provost

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

President Mark W. Huddleston has named Lisa MacFarlane as UNH’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. Her appointment, pending approval by the Executive Committee of the USNH board of trustees, is expected to begin July 1, 2013.

MacFarlane, an accomplished scholar and leader, was one of three finalists for the position. She currently serves as senior vice provost for academic affairs. A professor of English at UNH since1987, she has also served as director of the University Honors Program and of the American Studies program.

“Lisa MacFarlane has a significant record of academic leadership at UNH and has demonstrated time and again her commitment to the institution as well as its faculty and students,” said Huddleston. “She has been a true partner on the development and implementation of the university strategic plan, especially strengthening our efforts around internationalization. She was instrumental in bringing both the Confucius Institute and the Navitas program to campus, and I look forward to partnering with her as we continue to move forward.”

Huddleston recognized the work of the search committee, led by Dean Ken Fuld and Professor of Civil Engineering Nancy Kinner, in identifying strong candidates for the position and in gathering input from many members of the campus community.

“All three of the candidates demonstrated great commitment to the university and I’m pleased the process was so thorough and included feedback from so many members of our community,” Huddleston said.

MacFarlane is currently chair of the university’s NEASC Accreditation Committee, a member of the eUNH Advisory Committee, and responsible for structuring coordination and development of UNH’s summer programs for 9,000 pre-college students. She is a past president of the New England American Studies Association and is on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Humanities Council. She is a recipient of a College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award and in 1999-2000 held the Fulbright Commission's Walt Whitman Chair in American Studies in the Netherlands.


“UNH is a wonderful institution with terrific faculty, dedicated staff, and talented students,” MacFarlane said. “I’m deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve the university.”

Huddleston also thanked Provost John Aber for his service to the institution. Aber will return to the faculty June 30, 2013, after four years in the position.

“John Aber’s commitment to and passion for UNH are surpassed only by his incredible contributions to higher education and science around the world,” Huddleston said. “While I will miss his presence in Thompson Hall I am pleased he is returning to the classroom and his research for the benefit of our students and his colleagues around the globe.”

In 2003, Aber was ranked 11th in the world in the field of ecology/environmental science by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), an organization that measures how frequently a scientist’s work is cited by other researchers. In 2009 he was named a University Professor, UNH’s highest form of recognition for excellence in teaching, scholarship and engagement, and just last year he received the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale University. The medal is Yale’s highest graduate alumni honor.