New President

New president





After a national search that concluded with a unanimous vote of the University System board of trustees, James W. (“Jim”) Dean Jr. has been appointed the 20th president of the University of New Hampshire effective June 30, 2018. Dean will succeed Mark W. Huddleston, who is retiring after 11 years leading UNH. Dean most recently served as executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he is a professor of organizational behavior.







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“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as president of UNH at a time when all public universities need to rethink our efforts to support the public through teaching, research and engagement. The university has accomplished so much already in the classroom, the laboratory, and the community, and it is well-positioned to strengthen and even to redefine its role as a leading public research university.”




“Jim is committed to and understands public higher education and the important role it plays in the state, the region and the nation. He not only understands but embraces the importance and challenges of access, affordability, diversity and inclusion. He is also eager to bring his experience in leadership and building relationships with businesses to the university for the benefit of our students. Jim is thoughtful, approachable, visionary and an exceptional team builder – he will be an outstanding president for UNH.”

- JOHN SMALL, class of ‘76
Chair, USNH Board of Trustees
Chair, UNH Presidential Search Committee