UNH President Ann Weaver
Hart Delivers State of the University Address
Contact: Lori Gula
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 16, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire President Ann
Weaver Hart highlighted the university’s achievements and
outlined challenges during the annual State of the University Address
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003.
“You are in a room filled with people committed to advancing
our abilities to teach our students to the ultimate of their potential,
to push the boundaries of new knowledge and understanding, and
to expand what we teach and learn for a better future for New Hampshire
and the people of the world,” Hart told nearly 400 faculty,
students, staff, Durham town officials and community members. Prior
to her address, she read a proclamation from Gov. Craig Benson,
who declared Sept. 16, 2003, “University Day.”
In her address Hart said UNH should celebrate its academic excellence,
noting that the university is poised to potentially become the
world’s leader in Earth-sun relationships in the study of
the solar system.
In celebrating student leadership, Hart noted the work of student
leaders who have led the organizational efforts of the first ever
national student-led summit promoting responsible celebrations,
which takes place this weekend, Sept. 19-21. The summit is the
beginning of a national conversation, she said, to address how
student and university communities across the nation can find ways
to express celebration and disappointment in a civil manner.
Hart made note of UNH’s new leadership team, which includes
Bruce Mallory, the university’s new provost and executive
vice president for academic affairs. Under Mallory’s leadership,
university administrators hope to finalize with the Faculty Senate
the implementation of the new Academic Plan.
In thanking Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) for his support, Hart discussed
the university’s achievements in research and support. In
fiscal year 2003, UNH received $86.2 million research funding,
with the largest sources being NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Department
“Even though we are the second largest recipient in New
England behind MIT for NASA funding, and ahead of Harvard, Princeton
and Cornell, we all must commit to becoming engaged partners in
securing competitive grants and contracts,” she said.
In celebrating making the “quintessential New England campus
a reality,” Hart discussed the university’s master
planning process, the upcoming final site visit in connection with
its decennial accreditation, and several building and renovation
Following her discussion of the university’s achievements,
Hart outlined some of the challenges UNH faces.
She called upon the Faculty Senate to work with the administration
to implement the Academic Plan and Discovery Program, to make discovery
and a distinctive, inquiry-based education at UNH a reality.
UNH must continue to instill a greater appreciation of the university’s
value. “I must work hard in the off-year of the budget biennium
to push for greater understanding about our role in New Hampshire
and its future, and secure resources that are necessary to make
us successful,”Hart said.
The university should expand its engagement throughout the state
and the academic leadership should continually examine the curriculum
to ensure that it prepares students to meet the needs of companies
working with cutting-edge technologies. The president called upon
the university to begin planning the next capital campaign, to
ensure private fundraising is “an ongoing and strong component
of the university as a complement to state and federal support.”
She challenged students to hold faculty accountable for their
promise to deliver an inquiry-based education, and to have high
expectations for their behavior.
Finally, Hart challenged the UNH community, families and Durham
residents to confront and fight underage drinking. “An honest
self-appraisal confirms that in the past, we have not made full
use of the resources and policies that we had put in place to address
the issue of alcohol misuse. This year, we will work to make parents
full partners in addressing this issue by notifying them whenever
an underage student is charged with an alcohol violation, not waiting
for the resolution of the hearing process or a second offense,” Hart
“We have worked jointly to elaborate a vision and a plan
that will result in the University of New Hampshire becoming among
the best small public universities in the United States, and therefore
in the world. Parts of the University of New Hampshire have already
achieved this vision. We must commit to action upon the vision
to move the entire university forward,” she said.
EDITORS: UNH President Ann Weaver Hart’s speech will be
available for download soon at http://www.unh.edu/president/univday03.html.
A photo from the address can be downloaded at http://unhinfo.unh.edu/news/img/unh_hart_uday.jpg.