Welcome President Elizabeth Chilton

Welcome President Elizabeth Chilton
Elizabeth Chilton


After a national search, Elizabeth S. Chilton has been appointed the 21st president of the University of New Hampshire effective July 1, 2024. Chilton will succeed James W. ("Jim") Dean Jr., who is retiring after six years of leading UNH. 

Elizabeth currently serves as chancellor of Washington State University’s Pullman campus, the system’s flagship and the state’s land grant campus. She was appointed the inaugural chancellor of the Pullman campus in 2022. She joined WSU in 2020 as provost and executive vice president of the WSU System, serving as a chief academic officer and overseeing research functions across the six-campus system. Chilton continued in that role while also serving as Pullman’s chancellor for the last two years.



"UNH is a leading public university with strong student outcomes, a large and diverse research portfolio, and dedication to the State of New Hampshire, and I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as president of this incredible institution.”



“Elizabeth brings the experience, track record and capabilities to lead a multi-campus institution that is part of a larger, well-coordinated public higher education system. She distinguished herself among a very strong pool of candidates as the right person to lead the University of New Hampshire in these dynamic and challenging times in higher education. The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Elizabeth to UNH, and we are excited for this next chapter at our system’s flagship.”

Chair, USNH Board of Trustees


“Dr. Chilton has shown tremendous leadership and strategic vision across the academic and research enterprise, and her career is a testament to the mission of public higher education. She cares deeply about the student experience and is committed to advancing student success at UNH. She has a record of collaboration, lifting up her peers, building partnerships and creating opportunities. The UNH community and the state should have a high degree of confidence in Elizabeth’s appointment."

- Jamie burnett
chair of the presidential search committee
vice-Chair, USNH Board of Trustees


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