UNH CEO Forum Welcomes University President
Contact:  Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
October 25, 2007

DURHAM, N.H. -- The CEO Forum at the University of New Hampshire welcomes UNH President Mark Huddleston Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, who will discuss “Importance of Higher Education to the American Economy and UNH’s Role in New Hampshire’s Economic Environment.”

The program begins at 9 a.m. at the New England Center in Durham. Coffee and networking begins at 8 a.m. and a full buffet breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.

As UNH’s 19th president, Huddleston brings three decades of experience in public and private higher education as a faculty member, dean, and senior administrator, most recently as president of Ohio Wesleyan University. In addressing the importance of higher education on the economy, Huddleston will discuss UNH’s research, education, and outreach missions.

Huddleston began his academic career at the State University New York-Buffalo in 1977 as an assistant professor of political science. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the University Delaware, where he remained for the next 24 years. Huddleston chaired the Department of Political Science and International Relations and served as associate provost international programs. He was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001, where he managed 45 academic departments, and centers with nearly 900 fulltime faculty staff, and served in that capacity until he was named president of Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004. He was appointed UNH president in July 2007.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An author of numerous books articles, he has been active as a consultant for both the government and international organizations. He also served an advisor in Bosnia on rebuilding financial and administrative infrastructures after the Dayton Accords.

To register or become a member of the UNH CEO Forum, call Barbara Draper at 603-862-1107, or e-mail her at barbara.draper@unh.edu. The event is free to members and $49 for nonmembers.

Initiated in 1997, the UNH CEO Forum is an outreach program of the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics and the UNH Graduate School serving CEOs, presidents, and senior managers of companies in northern New England. The forum provides its members with opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their peers in business and industry in an informal setting. The UNH CEO Forum is sponsored by the law firm of Pierce Atwood, Ocean Bank and Snowden Associates. For more information about the CEO Forum, visit http://www.unh-ceoforum.org/.

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