UNH to Dedicate
Dairy Center in Honor of Long-Time Professor
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 16, 2003
WHAT: The University of New Hampshire will recognize one of its
most distinguished professors by dedicating the center he helped
to build in his honor. UNH will name its dairy center the Thomas
P. Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 18. Program and reception 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Barn tours preceding
at 4 p.m.
WHERE: The UNH Dairy Barns. From Route 4, exit at state road 155A
and turn east toward Durham. Follow 155A through a short stretch
of fields. Turn left on Mast Road Extension. Turn right into the
Spinney Lane parking lot, adjacent to the UNH Equine Center. A
shuttle will transport you to the UNH Diary Barns.
BACKGROUND: Fairchild, a 1959 UNH graduate, has spent his career
at UNH as a member of the faculty and the administration. Over
the years he has served as Dairy Extension specialist, professor
of animal science, chairperson of the Department of Animal and
Nutritional Sciences, dean of the College of Life Sciences and
Agriculture, and interim UNH president. He was instrumental in
leading the fundraising effort to build the $1.6 million dairy
teaching and research center and oversaw the planning of Rudman
Hall, a $30 million teaching and research center for the biological
After his tenure as interim president ended in 1995, Fairchild
returned to the UNH faculty and co-founded the university’s
nationally recognized CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in
Agricultural Management) Program. As a result, 20 students every
year, most with no prior experience, have responsibility for a
26-cow milking herd. UNH honored Fairchild for his career achievements
with the 2000 Alumni Affairs Award for Excellence in Public Service.
He was also presented the 2001 Distinguished Service Award by the
Northeastern Section of American Society of Animal Sciences.
In addition to his responsibilities at the university, Fairchild
has served as chair of the Teaching Committee of the New England
Regional Dairy Program, and trustee of the 4-H Foundation of New
Hampshire. He has been called the “conscience of the state’s
4-H network” and “a New Hampshire agricultural icon.”