On the Record

May 21, 2016

2016 Commencement addresses

Read the addresses delivered at the UNH Durham Commencement by President Mark W. Huddleston and keynote speaker, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Read the president's remarks. Read Richard's Haass's keynote address.

Feb. 2, 2016

State of the University 2016

Watch a video of the State of the University address and community forum, and read a transcript of President Mark W. Huddleston's remarks, in which he celebrates UNH's 150th anniversary and announces the largest fundraising effort in the university's history.

Read a transcript. Watch the video.

Dec. 10, 2015

Letter from UNH leadership: Time for Wildcats to stand together

From a letter to the UNH community: "In these uncertain times, it is important for our community to stand together and recommit ourselves to the bedrock principles that make us a strong and caring Wildcat family. The first of these principles is and must always be that we embrace, respect and care for one another, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. "

Read the letter

Nov. 18, 2015

Vigil for victims of terror in Paris and around the world

At a candlelight vigil on the Durham campus, President Huddleston shared his condolences for victims of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and around the world, urging members of the UNH community to "recommit ourselves to the values that have made us who we are -- inclusion, democracy, diversity, tolerance, freedom of thought and all the rest."

Read his full remarks

Sept. 2, 2015

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The search for a new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is underway. UNH is seeking a creative and courageous leader who can supervise in a shared governance environment, inspire and collaborate with faculty, staff and students, and effectively communicate in multiple settings with multiple constituencies. 

Read the position description

Sept. 1, 2015

Welcome, students! Work hard. Get involved. Stay safe!

President Huddleston welcomes students to the fall semester with a brief update on university-wide projects and an important message about staying safe , working hard, looking out for the well-being of our fellow Wildcats and being a responsible community member.

Read the letter

July 30, 2015

Letter from President Huddleston on Language "Guide"

Read the letter

July 29, 2015

Statement from UNH President Mark Huddleston on Bias-Free Language Guide

"While individuals on our campus have every right to express themselves, I want to make it absolutely clear that the views expressed in this guide are NOT the policy of the University of New Hampshire. I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use of the term ‘American’ is misplaced or offensive. The only UNH policy on speech is that it is free and unfettered on our campuses. It is ironic that what was probably a well-meaning effort to be ‘sensitive’ proves offensive to many people, myself included."

— UNH President Mark W. Huddleston 

June 10, 2015

New effort will reimagine how UNH prepares students for career success

A university-wide conversation is being launched to reimagine the ways that UNH helps prepare students for career success. PT (Vasu) Vasudevan, senior vice provost for academic affairs, announced the Professional Success Strategic Planning Task Force in an email to the UNH community today, outlining its goal of making UNH a national leader in career preparation.  President Mark Huddleston and Debbie Dutton, vice president for Advancement, will co-chair the 16-member task force, which will seek input from students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and employers. The group will make its recommendations for high-level goals and metrics in fall 2015.

Read the report's executive summary

June 8, 2015

Title IX Task Force and Working Group to create university-wide dialogue

In a letter to the UNH Community, President Huddleston outlines how a new Title IX Task Force and Working Group will open a comprehensive, unversity-wide dialogue this fall to build and sustain strong, healthy campus communities in Durham, Manchester and Concord.

Read his letter: http://www.unh.edu/president/title-ix-task-force-working-group-prepare-university-wide-dialogue

May 16, 2015

President Huddleston addresses Class of 2015 in Durham

President Huddleston addresses graduates of the Class of 2015 at Commencement exercises in Durham on May 16.

Read President Huddleston's remarks

Read remarks by Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts '13

May 15, 2015

President Huddleston addresses Class of 2015 in Manchester

President Huddleston addresses graduates of the Class of 2015 at Commencement exercises in Manchester on May 15.

Read President Huddleston's remarks.

March 27, 2015

Independent investigation of men's basketball program released

The findings of an independent investigation I called for after learning of allegations of misconduct affecting our men’s basketball program were released today.

The report determined that while we at UNH do many things well, we need to work even harder to communicate reporting responsibilities under Title IX. As a result, we are redoubling our training efforts, not just in athletics, but across our entire campus. I have also created a task force, under the leadership of Jaime Nolan, associate vice president for community, equity and diversity, charged with looking beyond simple compliance with the rules and toward creating an even stronger culture of community at the university. Updates will be provided here as well as in UNH Today.

Read the findings of a University System-wide review of campus safety procedures here.

March 12, 2015

Watch UNH-made instruments launch on NASA's MMS mission

Read the President's letter on Spring Break safety and the MMS mission launch

February 17, 2015

State of the University 2015 - Mark Huddleston

Watch the President's 2015 State of the University address

January 29, 2015

Message to students: Superbowl 2015

President Huddleston comments on the upcoming Superbowl. Read more.

Oct. 22, 2014

Message to students: Keene State College

President Huddleston comments on the recent incidents at KSC.  Read it here

Oct. 2, 2014

Message to students: Be safe. Help your fellow Wildcats.

President Huddleston writes students, urging them to be safe, take care of each other and join in efforts to prevent physical and sexual assaults. Read it here.

May 17, 2014

Commencement 2014, Durham

Oscar winning director and screenwiter Jennifer Lee '92. Watch the speech.
Read President Mark Huddleston's remarks

February 4, 2014

State of the University 2014 - Mark Huddleston

Read the President's 2014 State of the University address

January 8, 2014

Letter opposing boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Read President Huddleston's letter

November 25, 2013

My Turn: UNH and its partners are building a STEM talent pipeline

President Mark Huddleston's column appeared in several NH newspapers. Read it here.

September 10, 2013

President's essay on sustainability in higher education leadership journal

President Huddleston is one of 10 university presidents who contributed to the 2013-14 edition of "Presidential Perspectives," a higher education leadership series, now in its eighth year, written by college presidents for college presidents. He essay on sustainability at UNH can be read here. 

June 28, 2013

USNH, Governor announce in-state tuition freeze following state budget approval

Read the announcement.

May 18, 2013

Commencement 2013, Durham

Address by Lt. General Mary A. Legere '82
Read Lt. General Legere's Commencement address.

Watch a video of the speech

Read Mark Huddleston's remarks

New video makes the case for public support of NH higher education

May 9, 2013

A new video features state business leaders and others explaining why public support for higher education is vital to New Hampshire's economy and longterm success. Watch the video.

Letter: Declining state support drives up UNH tuition

April 5, 2013

President Mark Huddleston responds to an editorial in the Union Leader: "From fiscal year 2000 to fiscal year 2012, state support for New Hampshire's four-year public colleges and universities declined 28.1 percent — even while our enrollments grew 22.6 percent." Read the full response.

The Telegraph: President Huddleston makes case for supporting NH students

March 29, 2013

In an interview with The Telegraph's editorial board, President Mark Huddleston says efforts to restore public support for UNH are gaining ground at the State House as lawmakers learn more about the University's role in supporting the economy. Read more.

University System reacts to House Finance plan to cut budget proposed by Gov. Hassan

March 27, 2013

The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees and Presidents reacted to a recommendation by the House Finance Committee on March 27 to cut money for USNH from the budget proposed by Gov. Maggie Hassan. Read the statement.

Guest editorial by USNH presidents endorses plan to restore state support

Feb. 25, 2013

The presidents of UNH, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and Granite State College sign a guest editorial endorsing Gov. Maggie Hassan's plan to restore state support for USNH. Read the editorial.

President Huddleston testifies on Capital Hill in support of charitable tax deductions

Feb. 14, 2013

President Mark Huddleston testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means at a hearing on tax reform and charitable contributions, stressing the importance of charitable giving to higher education. Read his full testimony and a news report.

Budget testimony urges partnership for public higher education

Jan. 17, 2013

President Mark Huddleston calls for a new partnership with state lawmakers in his testimony before the House Finance Committee: "I want to change the tenor of the conversation that we have with one another. I want to end the sniping and the adversarial relationship. I want you to be proud of your institutions of higher education in New Hampshire.” Read his full remarks.

USNH officials call for new vision, partnership with state

November 28, 2012

President Mark Huddleston and University System officials joined in appealing to state lawmakers to restore funding to New Hampshire's four-year colleges and universities. Read about the hearing at the State House and find the full text of the president's remarks here.

President reports on the State of the University

October 11, 2012

In his annual State of the University address, President Huddleston explained how four enduring campaigns are guiding UNH. Read his remarks.

President Huddleston details appeal for restoring state budget cut

September 20, 2012

President Huddleston makes the case for restoring state support to UNH. A recent poll shows that 71 percent of New Hampshire adults support restoring state funding if in-state tuition is frozen for two years and financial aid is increased for students in need. Read more.

H. Irving Grousbeck – President’s Distinguished Speaker Series

September 13, 2012

President Huddleston welcomed H. Irving Grousbeck to UNH for the President's Distinguished Speaker Series. Grousbeck is a consulting professor of management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and co-head of the school’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is also a managing director of the Boston Celtics. Read the remarks.

NH Residents Support Funding to Keep Public Colleges and Universities Affordable

August 28, 2012

Sixty-four percent of Granite State residents did not agree with the state legislature’s decision to cut funding by 50 percent for public colleges and universities in New Hampshire, according to the latest Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey enter. Read more.

UNH Announces Best Fundraising Year in a Decade

July 18, 2012

The University of New Hampshire Foundation has announced one of its best fundraising years ever, with the total amount of money raised second only to the final year of the last capital campaign in 2002. Gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2012 (July 1-June 30) were up more than 77 percent from last year, for a total of $22.5 million. The goal was $20 million. Read more.

New Report: UNH Contributes More than $1.4 Billion to the NH Economy Every Year

June 22, 2012

UNH contributes more than $1.4 billion every year to New Hampshire’s economy and its contribution to the state’s skilled workforce is valued at $642 million, according to a new economic impact study. Read more.

Read the full report

UNH Commencement 2012

May 19, 2012

President Huddleston greets families, friends, and graduates at the 2012 Commencement ceremony. Read the remarks.

Address by Ronald Noble '79, Secretary General of Interpol. Watch the speech.

Rafieymehr Named Dean of UNH's Manchester Campus

April 4, 2012

Ali Rafieymehr has been appointed as the new dean of the university’s campus in Manchester. As the chief academic and administrative officer, Rafieymehr will be responsible for promoting academic excellence and community engagement with business and community organizations in the greater Manchester area. Read more.

$20 Million Federal Grant Announced

March 28, 2012

Governor Lynch and President Huddleston announce a $20 million federal grant to support statewide economic development and New Hampshire's quality of life. Read more.

UNH Welcomes MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

Jan. 8, 2012

UNH sponsored MSNBC's "Morning Joe" appearance in Manchester ahead of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. President Huddleston introduced the show's commentators and set the stage for a town meeting. Watch the forum.

The Campaign for New Hampshire

Jan. 1, 2012

Did you know that one third of UNH students are first generation college students? Watch this video and discover who else is. 

Budget Forum Oct. 13

Oct. 13, 2011

President Huddleston invited the University community to an open forum on UNH budget issues. Watch the forum.

Budget Forum Set for Oct. 13

Sept. 28, 2011

President Huddleston invites the University community to an open forum on UNH budget issues. Read his letter.

State of the University

Sept. 15, 2011

President Mark Huddleston delivers the State of the University speech to the UNH community. Read more.

An Update on Our Challenges and Opportunities

Aug. 5, 2011

A letter to the University community from President Mark Huddleston outlines the response to a state budget cut and details opportunities. Read more.

Commencement 2011

May 21, 2011

President Mark Huddleston greets families, friends, and graduates at the 2011 Commencement ceremony. Read his remarks.
Address by Honeywell CEO David Cote '76. David Cote's speech was named by NPR as one of the best Commencement speeches ever.

Letter Outlines First Steps in Response to State Budget Cuts

May 5, 2011

President Huddleston outlines the first steps that UNH is taking to absorb deep cuts in the proposed state budget appropriation for the University System. Read his letter to the UNH Community.

Groundbreaking Held for Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

May 3, 2011

Philanthropist and alumnus Peter T. Paul encouraged the Class of 2011 to give back to their university, a challenge he issued at the groundbreaking for the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Read the Campus Journal story here.

Companies Chosen for Green Launching Pad

April 28, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu joined Gov. John Lynch and President Mark W. Huddleston in announcing the six businesses selected to participate in the second round of Green Launching Pad funding. Read the Campus Journal story here.

President Huddleston Responds to AAUP Vote

April 27, 2011

President Huddleston responds to an AAUP vote of no confidence. Read his statement here.

President Testifies Before Senate Finance Committee

April 18, 2011

President Huddleston joined students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the University System of New Hampshire in offering testimony to state Senate budget writers. Read his full testimony here.

Responding to Proposed State Budget Cuts

April 11, 2011

President Huddleston outlines how UNH is preparing for a proposed 45 percent reduction in state support for the University--a drastic, $31 million loss. Read the letter.

Letter to the UNH Community

March 28, 2011

President Huddleston writes to the UNH community with an update on the state budget process, and an outline for how the University is responding. Read the letter.

Budget Task Force Update

March 7, 2011
President Huddleston wrote to the UNH community about how the Budget Task Force will work. Read the update.

The Facts About the Funding of UNH's New Business College

February 18, 2011
President Huddleston responded to questions surrounding the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics in The New Hampshire, the University's student newspaper. Read the letter.

UNH Task Force on State Budget Cuts

February 16, 2011
To better meet the challenges posed by Governor Lynch's budget cuts, President Huddleston appointed a faculty-staff-student task force. Read his letter to the UNH community.

Judd Gregg Marine Research Facility Dedication

December 13, 2010
President Huddleston joined UNH faculty representatives in thanking U.S. Senator Judd Gregg for his leadership and commitment to innovation in environmental science and technology. Read President Huddleston's remarks.

J. Bonnie Newman Pettee Medal Award Ceremony

November 19, 2010
The University of New Hampshire honored J. Bonnie Newman, the 77th Pettee Medal recipient. Read the remarks.

Concord Coalition

November 18, 2010
President Huddleston joined a non-partisan, solutions-oriented conversation focusing on Sustainable Future: How Can our Nation Turn the Corner on the Economy and Environment and Can NH Lead the Way? Read the remarks.

Confucius Institute Opening Ceremony

October 26, 2010
Chinese officials, performers, and guests celebrated the beginning of an innovative new partnership. Read the remarks.

Hubbard Family Award for Service to Philanthropy

October 1, 2010
President Huddleston was on hand to welcome guests and pay tribute to the Honorable Walter Peterson, and his wife, Dorothy. Read the remarks.

Strategic Plan Update

September 21, 2010
The University community convened to learn about progress to date on the Strategic Plan. Read President Huddleston’s update.  

Berwick Academy Commencement

June 4, 2010
Berwick Academy invited President Huddleston to speak at their Commencement. Read the remarks.

Commencement 2010, Durham

May 22, 2010
President Huddleston greeted students, faculty, alumni, families, and friends at the University’s 140 Commencement. Read the remarks.

Address by Bert Jacobs, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist, Life is good Company

Steven Taylor Pettee Medal Award Ceremony

April 6, 2010
The University of New Hampshire honored Steve Taylor as the 76th Pettee Medal recipient. Read President Huddleston’s remarks

Green Launching Pad

February 3, 2010
President Huddleston’s announced an innovative partnership between the state and the University of New Hampshire to grow businesses and jobs in the Granite State. Read the remarks.

UNH in 2020

February 2, 2010
President Huddleston unveiled the University’s strategic plan for the next ten years. Watch the presentation.

President calls for more engagement in wake of campus assaults

November 6, 2009
Read the letter.

Letter Regarding University Budget

June 3, 2009
Read the letter.

Commencement 2009, Durham

May 23, 2009
President Huddleston's remarks.
Address by Stonyfield Farm Chairman, President and CEO Gary Hirshberg. 

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

May 22, 2009
President Huddleston's remarks.

Commencement 2009, Manchester

May 21, 2009
President Huddleston's remarks.

Commencement Address, Great Bay Community College

May 16, 2009
President Huddleston's remarks.

Letter Regarding University Enrollment

May, 2009
Read the letter.

Letter Regarding University Budget, April 2009

April 3, 2009
Read the letter.

Letter Regarding University Budget, March 2009

March 4, 2009
Read the letter.

Letter Regarding University Budget, January 2009

January 26, 2009
Read the letter.

Testimony to Governor's 2010–11 Operating Budget Hearing

November 21, 2008
Read the testimony.

Letter Regarding University Budget

November 21, 2008
Read President Huddleston's Letter (PDF)

Installation as Nineteenth President of the University of New Hampshire

September 16, 2008
Read President Huddleston's Inaugural Address.

Commencement 2008, Durham

May 24, 2008
Read President Huddleston's remarks.
Address by City Year Founder Michael Brown.

Budget Improvement Plan

May 14, 2008
President Huddleston wrote to the UNH community about the budget.
Read the letter (PDF 1.4 M).

Business NH Magazine

March 25, 2008
President Huddleston accepted Business NH magazine’s "Lean and Green" award on behalf of the University of New Hampshire.
Read the story (PDF 508k).

State of the University 2007

November 15, 2007
Read the remarks.

Remarks at CEO Forum, Durham, NH

October 30, 2007
Read the remarks.

Clean Air—Cool Planet conference remarks, Manchester, NH

October 12, 2007
Read the remarks.

Commencement 2007, Durham

May 19, 2007

Address by President William J. Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Read President William J. Clinton's Remarks
President George W. Bush's address is unavailable.

Commencement 2006, Durham, NH

May 21, 2005
Read Mike O'Malley's remarks.

Commencement 2005, Durham, NH

May 21, 2005
Read Tom Werner's remarks.