On the Record

Oct. 13, 2020

Watch: Town hall meetings with President Dean and UNH leaders

The president and UNH leaders shared updates and took questions from the university community on a wide range of issues, including COVID-19, new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, commencement planning for the classes of 2020 and 2021, planning for the spring semester and the UNH budget situtation. Video links below.

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Oct. 8, 2020

President Dean announces virtual town meetings on Oct. 13

The university community is encouraged to join one of two virtual town meetings when President Dean and other UNH leaders will discuss the spring semester, commencement for the class of 2020, fall and winter sports, our budget, and our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. 

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Oct. 5, 2020

Statement on allegations involving faculty member

President Dean and Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity Nadine Petty share a message with the university community about allegations on social media involving a faculty member.

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Oct. 2, 2020

Political Activity Protocols and Voter Registration Opportunity for Students

President Dean and Provost Jones outline the university's policies around academic freedom and freedom of speech, and encourage community members to take an active role in supporting candidates and policies of their choice.  They also promote three students voter registration days, when students can register to vote, request an absentee ballot and complete and return that ballot at the same time.

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Sept. 30, 2020

Update #23 from President Dean

President Dean urges the university community to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and shares an update on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives and upcomign events.

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Sept. 23, 2020

Watch the virtual town hall on diversity, equity and inclusion

President Dean leads an online town hall forum to discuss new initiatives outlined by the President's Leadership Council to address diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Sept. 18, 2020

President Dean Announces Juneteenth as New University Holiday

At the request of President Dean and fellow University System of New Hampshire presidents the USNH Board of Trustees have unanimously agreed to add Juneteenth as a recognized holiday in the university’s schedule.

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Sept. 10, 2020

University Leadership Announces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

President Dean and Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity Nadine Petty share new university-wide initiatives and invite staff, faculty and students to a series of online town meetings.

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Sept. 6, 2020

President Dean Condemns COVID Cluster at Theta Chi Fraternity

In a letter to the UNH community, President Dean condemns a party of more than 100 people at the Theta Chi fraternity, including 11 positive cases traced to the party.

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Aug. 31, 2020

Update #22 from President Dean

President Dean welcomes our campus communities to the fall semester, stressing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines,  updating plans to address racism and promoting the virtual University Day on Sept. 2.

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Aug. 27, 2020

COVID-19: Incident reporting, new app, compliance and consequences

President Dean shares a message from Senior Vice Provost for Student Life Kenneth Holmes with details about how violations of health and safety protocols can be reported and will be handled.

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Aug. 17, 2020

COVID-19 Related Updates and Reopening

President Dean announces new mode of operation and discusses the campus opening condition.

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Aug. 14, 2020

President Dean addresses students on upcoming semester

Watch President Dean's message to students as we prepare to welcome them to campus.

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Aug. 5, 2020

USNH Board of Trustees Affirms Support for Residential Campuses to Reopen for the Fall Semester

President Dean shares a message of support from the USNH Board of Trustees to reopen campuses this fall.

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July 17, 2020

Postponement of fall sports announced

UNH is postponing the fall sports season in conjunction with our league partners, the America East Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association.

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July 8, 2020

University offers support to international students

President Dean emphasizes UNH's strong and continued support for its international students following new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies that he called "incredibly unfair and harmful."

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June 23, 2020

President and provost host town hall webinars for students and parents

President Dean and Provost Jones hosted town hall webinars for students and parents, addressing plans for returning to in-person classes for the fall semester.

Watch the webinar for students

Watch the webinar for parents


June 17, 2020

President and provost host town hall video forums for staff, faculty

President Dean and Provost Jones hosted town hall video forums for staff and faculty on June 16, addressing three big challenges the university is addressing: racism, COVID-19 and financial issues.

Watch the forum for staff (speakers begin at 10:45 into the video)

Watch the forum for faculty


June 17, 2020

UNH announces hiring of new chief diversity officer

UNH has hired Nadine Petty, executive director of the Center for Diversity and Enrichment at the University of Iowa, as its next chief diversity officer and associate vice president for community, equity and diversity. Petty will start at UNH on August 10.

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June 15, 2020

Important budget update from President Dean

President Dean outlines steps to ensure the continued financial strength of the university, including an additional incentive to early retirement benefits.

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June 10, 2020

Black Lives Matter. Our Action Plan.

In a letter to the UNH community, President Dean outlines steps the university will take to address racism and intolerance, increase education about racism and create opportunities for everyone to become antiracist.

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June 1, 2020

President, Provost call for unity in rejecting hate and tolerance

President Dean and Provost Jones offer a message to the campus community on the death of George Floyd, who was killed while being detained by the police in Minneapolis.

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May 27, 2020

Update No. 21 from President Dean

The president congratulates the Class of 2020, shares his gratitude to the UNH community and outlines the planning process for reopening our campuses for the fall semester. He also provides a round-up of some great recent news for the community.

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May 13, 2020

President Dean announces new interim chief financial officer

Jay Calhoun, a  leader in higher education finance and adminstration, has been named interim CFO at UNH.  He most recently served as CFO and treasurer at Brown University, where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounts payable and procurement.

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May 8, 2020

In-person instruction to resume for fall semester

President Dean announces plans for opening UNH campuses to in-person instruction for the fall semester, with important measures that will be taken to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community.

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May 1, 2020

Virtual events showcase student innovation and research

President Dean and Provost Jones promote virtual events that feature innovative student research projects: the Undergraduate Research Confernece, Graduate Research Conference and Holloway Prize Competition.

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April 27, 2020

Update No. 20 from President Dean

President Dean thanks the UNH community for its graceful response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and shares updates on non-COVID news, including the awarding of a Truman Scholarship and the signing of a call to action to accelerate climate solutions in higher education in honor of Earth Day. He also reviews two books he read recently.

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April 22, 2020

Updated CARES Act information and new USNH policies to support employees and UNH's future

President Dean shares important information about resources and policy changes that are designed to support employees and the university's financial health through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 21, 2020

Podcast: President, provost talk about COVID efforts

President Dean and Provost Jones talk about how the university is managing COVID-19 and the work that is happening behind the scenes to plan for the future.

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April 1, 2020

Managing the Financial Impact of COVID-19

University leaders discuss the budget implications of COVID-19 and share important measures that are being taken to help UNH through the global pandemic.

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March 30, 2020

Update No. 19 from President Dean

The president expresses his gratitude to the Wildcat community for its continued hard work, support and understanding during the COVID-19 crisis, and shares an update on the impact that global pandemic is having on Commencement acitivities and the university's operating budget.

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March 25, 2020

UNH provides key support to NH's COVID-19 efforts

UNH announces vital contributions to support NH's response to COVID-19. Working closely with Gov. Chris Sununu and the NH Department of Health and Human Services, UNH is preparing facilities at the Durham campus, sharing resources for drive-through testing and is donating a large collection of gloves, surgical masks, protective gowns, respirators and other resources.

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March 23, 2020

COVID-19 update: Extraordinary times and gratitude

President Dean offers an update on UNH's COVID-19 response, including ongoing moves out of on-campus housing, the closure of campus buildings, resources for students, faculty and staff for online learning and remote work and expanded student support services.

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March 18, 2020

UNH suspends all in-person classes for remainder of the spring semester

President Dean announces that UNH will suspend all in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester, extending our previously announced two-week transition to non-face-to-face, remote learning. 

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March 15, 2020

COVID-19 update information

President Dean updates the university community with important new information regarding the COVID-19 virus.

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March 12, 2020

NEW: Post spring break Coronavirus update

An update to the university community details important new guidelines in response to the COVID-19 virus.

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March 12, 2020

Coronavirus update: Post spring break

The president shares an update on UNH's respose to the COVID-19 virus, including a link to a comprehensive UNH webpage with the latest news, information and resources related to the virus.

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February 27, 2020

Update No. 18 from President Dean

President Dean's monthly update reviews recent town meetings on the Huron report, gatherings with alumni and state lawmakers, updates on the searches for several leadership positions and some of his favorite books related to Black History Month.

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February 4, 2020

President Dean delivers 2020 State of the University address

President Dean and university leaders shared a one-year progress report on the university's strategic plan, The Future of UNH, at the 2020 State of the University address at the Hamel Rec Center.

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January 27, 2020

President's update No. 17

President Dean provides an update on the university-wide Huron financial review, the search for a chief diversity officer and the upcoming State of the University address on Feb. 4. He also shares the most recent books he's read, and recommendations for children's books sent to him from people across the UNH community.

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January 23, 2020

Chief Diversity Officer search committee announced

A newly-appointed search committee for the Chief Diversity Officer position includes members from across the UNH community.

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January 14, 2020

President Dean shares final Huron financial report

The president announced the final report from Huron Consulting, the group hired last fall to conduct a comprehensive review of UNH-wide finances, which support one of the university's top strategic priorities: building financial strength.

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Dec. 18, 2019

President's update No. 16

President Dean details his visits to New Hampshire high schools and one of the state's largest businesses, offers an update on the Huron financial assessment and shares a selection of children's books that he and Jan have recently read to their grandchildren.

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Dec. 10, 2019

Guidance offered on political activity and public advocacy

As New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary approaches, President James W. Dean Jr. and Provost Wayne Jones share guidance regarding political activity and public advocacy on campus.

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Nov. 25, 2019

Update No. 15 from President Dean

President Dean shares details on continued work across UNH related to improving campus climate,  and he shares his apprecation for Professor Monica Chiu, who has served as interim vice president (AVP) for community, equity and diversity. Chiu is stepping down to return to teaching and scholarship in the English department. The president also writes updates on recent visits with alumni across the country, and with New Hampshire high school students. Finally, he announces the State of the University address on Feb. 4, and offers insights on the most recent book he's read, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

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Nov. 20, 2019

Salary increase announced for March 2020

Although higher education institutions across the country, including UNH, continue to face increasing financial constraints, UNH leadership has announced a salary increase for all eligible, non-union employees, effective March 1, 2020.

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Nov. 1, 2019

Huron financial review and resource assessment update 

Over the past six weeks, the Huron Consulting Group has met individually with more than 100 members of the UNH community, interacted with various committees, analyzed over 200 data sets and reviewed hundreds of policy and organizational documents. Last week, the Steering Committee met to evaluate the initial opportunities identified by Huron and recommended nine areas for in-depth assessments.

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Oct. 29, 2019

From the gridiron to the stage: Update 14 from President Dean

In his monthly update to the campus community, President Dean reports on his visit with high school students at Fall Mountain Regional High School, encourages UNH students and friends to cheer on the Wildcats' football team against Villanova at home on Saturday, promotes a performance of The Odyssey by UNH Threatre and Dance and offers an update on the Huron study of UNH revenues and expenses. Book lovers will enjoy the president's review of a book he recently finished, Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie.

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Oct. 23, 2019

President, provost share resources on freedom of speech

President Dean and Provost Jones provide important UNH resources that protect academic freedom and freedom of speech.

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Sept. 30, 2019

President's update No. 13: In-state tuition freeze, campus climate and more

A new state budget provides a $12 million increase to USNH over the next two years, following five years of flat funding. The increase will allow UNH to freeze in-state tuition for next year, and to continue important outreach programs across New Hampshire. In his 13th update to campus, President Dean also offers updates on state support for Spaulding Hall renovations, the results of the Campus Climate Study, the reorganization of the UNH leadership team, the Huron financial report and Homecoming. In addition to sharing a recent book he's read, he also shares news about a just-published book that he wrote with Deborah Y. Clarke, The Insider's Guid to Working with Universities.

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Sept. 5, 2019

Campus Climate Survey forum set for Sept. 11

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I hope your semester is off to a great start and that you enjoyed some time off over the holiday weekend. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room, the results of the campus climate survey will be shared and discussed. Please take some time to review the executive summary and then join us at the forum, either in person or via live stream , to learn about the findings in more detail and provide feedback on the next steps we will identify.
We all play a role in ensuring our community is open, fair and equally accessible for all students, staff and faculty. Thank you for everything you already do and will do to help ensure our campus climate is welcoming and inclusive.


James W. Dean Jr.



Sept. 3, 2019

UNH undertakes financial review in partnership with Huron

To help UNH be a national leader in financial strength, one of the university's four strategic priorities, President Dean and Provost Jones announce a new partnership with the Huron Consulting Group to conduct an in-depth financial analysis across all academic and administrative areas. Huron's work will begin Sept. 9, with a final report expected by mid-December.

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Aug. 29, 2019

Welcome to the fall semester: Update No. 12 from President Dean

As the fall semester begins, President Dean encourages students to get involved in university activties, clubs and organizations, and to learn about them at University Day on Sept. 10. He also invites the community to hear about the results of the Campus Climate Survey on Sept. 11, in the Strafford Room of the MUB. Finally, he shares his thoughts about the lastest book on his summer reading list.

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Aug. 9, 2019

New chief information officer announced for UNH, USNH

President Dean announces the appointment of Bill Poirier as the new chief information officer for both UNH and USNH. Highly regarded for his IT leadership for the state of Minnesota, he was the unanimous choice of the search committee, comprised of representatives from all four USNH institutions and the USNH Administrative Board. 

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Aug. 6, 2019

President, provost offer condolences following mass shootings

President Dean and Provost Jones offer condolences and share links with resources for those needing support following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

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July 30, 2019

Update No. 11 from President Dean -- with podcast!

This month, I’m trying something new for my update to the community: a podcast interview with The UNH Podcats, looking back on my first year at UNH and ahead to the new academic year. Of course, I also review the books on my summer reading list.

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July 9, 2019

Campus climate forum: Save the date

President Dean encourages the UNH community to set aside time on Sept. 11 for a forum to discuss the results of a campus climate survey.

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June 28, 2019

Update No. 10 from President Dean

President Dean announces that UNH's budget for FY20 has been approved by the USNH board of trustees. He also outlines UNH's progress on its "Enhance New Hampshire" strategic priority, including an upcoming survey of the campus community on work in this area.  Finally, he shares the latest books from his summer reading list and gives a preview of his upcoming trip to China.

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June 6, 2019

President Dean announces NH business council leaders

Top business leaders from across the state are joining a new UNH partnership led by President Dean, which will advance economic development and increase the state's skilled workforce.

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May 30, 2019

Update No. 9 from President Dean

President Dean offers his reflections on commencement, along with news about The 603 Challenge, a proposed increase in state support in the Legislature and emerging challenges in student recruitment. He also shares insights about a recent book he read and the next one on his summer reading list.

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May 18, 2019

President Dean: Durham Commencement 2019

President Dean shares his commement remarks.

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April 29, 2019

Update No. 8 from President Dean

President Dean offers his support and shares UNH resources for those struggling with pain and fear in the wake of recent acts of terrorism in Sri Lanka and San Diego, along with his admiration for the closeness of the UNH community. He also reports on progress on the university's four strategic priorities, highlighting new initiatives in the areas of Student Success and Well-Being and Embrace New Hampshire.

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March 28, 2019

Update No. 7 from President Dean

President Dean shares the metrics that will help UNH measure progress toward its overarching strategic goal: to be among the top 25 public universities in the nation in the most important dimensions of academic performance. He also urges the campus community to take the Campus Climate Survey, and join him and Provost Jones in signing up for the UNH 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. The challenge sends participants daily emails with brief messages, videos and prompts that help make social justice part of a daily habit. A kick-off event to promote and celebrate the challenge will be April 1 at 12 p.m. in the Strafford Room of the MUB.

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March 22, 2019

University addresses recent racial incidents

Following recent racial incidents in New Zealand and here at home, President Dean and Monica Chiu,
Interim Associate Vice President, Community, Equity and Diversity, share a message to reaffirm the university's core values and to offer support to the university community.

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Feb. 28, 2019

Update No. 6 from President Dean

President Dean outlines the approach UNH is taking to reach its goal of becoming one of the nation's top 25 public universities in the most important measures of student success. He also reports on recent visits with alumni and shares the latest book he has read.

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Feb. 26, 2019

UNH community encouraged to take the Campus Climate Survey

The confindential Campus Climate Survey is now open, and will help our community build a better, stronger UNH.

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Feb. 7, 2019

President encourages community to engage in MLK events

President Dean encourages everyone in the UNH community to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy by taking part in the "Now is the Time" series, and joining these conversations to help build a better UNH.

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Jan. 28, 2019

Update No. 5 from President Dean

President Dean shares an update about the university's new strategic plan, and a note about a great book from the history department.

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Jan. 24, 2019

President presents, "The Future of UNH: Four Strategic Priorities"

President Dean addresses the UNH community to announce an overarching goal and four priorities that will inspire UNH's achievements in the coming years. Visit the Future of UNH website for details and a video of his remarks: www.unh.edu/future.

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Dec. 17, 2018

Update No. 4 from President Dean

President Dean shares a holiday video celebrating 2018, and invites the UNH community to hear him present a plan for the university's future strategic priorities on Jan. 24. 

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Nov. 21, 2018

Update No. 3 from President Dean

President Dean shares a monthly update with the campus community, offering insights on his leadership values and promoting participation in an upcoming UNH Survey Center survey that will be used to shape the university's strategic priorities.

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Oct. 30, 2018

Spreading More Light and Kindness

President Dean, Interim Provost Wayne Jones , and R. Scott Smith, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and David Bachrach, Co-chair of the Faculty Senate, share a message to the university community following the horrific shootings in Pittsburgh and Louisville.

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Oct. 24, 2018

Update No. 2 from President Dean

President Dean shares an update about his recent outreach initiatives with the UNH community.

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Oct. 12, 2018

President Dean's installation address

President James W. Dean Jr. , the 20th president of the University of New Hampshire, shares his installation ceremony remarks.

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Watch the president's speech

Watch the full ceremony


Sept. 17, 2018

Update No. 1 from President Dean

It’s been a little over two months since Jan and I arrived at UNH. We feel very welcome and are beginning to feel at home; the campus community has been incredibly gracious in reaching out to us. Thanks to your wonderful suggestions, I’ve eaten lots of great food (maybe too much!) and cycled through some beautiful towns and countryside. I’ve begun to discover and appreciate the beauty of the state, from Lake Winnipesaukee to the Isles of Shoals, and look forward to seeing other parts of New Hampshire in the coming months.

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Aug 29, 2018

President Dean Fall 2018 Welcome

July 9, 2018

Welcome Letter

I hope you’re enjoying a great summer. I’m thrilled to be here in the beautiful Granite State, settling in to Durham and joining you as a proud UNH Wildcat. It’s a tremendous honor to be UNH’s twentieth president, and I look forward to meeting many of you soon. Since my announcement in April, my youngest daughter was married, my wife and I did a lot of packing and I worked on finishing a book I’m writing about higher education for business leaders. I’ve also been trying to learn how to pronounce “Berlin,” “Plaistow” and “Contoocook,” and other New Hampshire places.

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April 4, 2018

James W. Dean Jr. Named 20th President of the University of New Hampshire

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.

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