Biography of Mark W. Huddleston

Mark W. Huddleston has served as the president of the University of New Hampshire since 2007, drawing on more than three decades of higher education and international experience to guide the university community's efforts in creating excellent, affordable education, groundbreaking research and innovative solutions for the world. Today, UNH is highly regarded as one of America’s most vital and vibrant small public higher education institutions, and one of the few to hold land-, sea- and space-grant charters.

In 2010, he initiated a university-wide dialogue to develop a 10-year strategic plan, and directed its 2015 renewal to prepare for emerging new challenges and opportunities in higher education. Recent accomplishments include:

  • record student enrollments, reflecting in part successful outreach to new markets in the United States and an influx of international students. ;
  • the growth of private donations by nearly 250 percent the last five years;
  • the UNH School of Law’s rise in national rankings for legal education excellence and innovation;
  • the expansion of UNH Manchester into the renovated Pandora Mill building, with new research facilities, classrooms and interdisciplinary majors;
  • the opening of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, with groundbreaking new programs that connect entrepreneurs with UNH students and faculty researchers;
  • and UNH’s leadership in a statewide effort to double the number of STEM graduates from 2012 to 2025.

In February 2016, Huddleston announced UNH’s largest fundraising campaign ever to honor its sesquicentennial, “Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH.”

In May 2013, President Huddleston’s leadership as a strategic thinker, fiscal steward and collaborative problem-solver was recognized with his appointment to the Governor’s Commission on State Government Innovation, Efficiency and Transparency.

President Huddleston was raised in Syracuse, N.Y., and was the first member of his family to attend college. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York-Buffalo, and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

He began his academic career at SUNY-Buffalo in 1977 as an assistant professor of political science. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the University of Delaware, where he served 24 years. There, he chaired the Department of Political Science and International Relations and was associate provost for international programs. In 2001, he was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, overseeing 45 academic departments and centers, and serving in that capacity until he was named president of Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004.

An author of numerous books and articles, he has been a consultant for both the U.S. government and international organizations. He also served as an adviser in Bosnia on rebuilding financial and administrative infrastructures after the Dayton Accords. President Huddleston is an incorporator of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and serves on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. He and his wife, Emma Bricker, have three children, Andy, Kate and Giles.