On the Record

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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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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