University-wide process creates vision for dynamic future

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A blueprint that has guided remarkable success across UNH’s three campuses in recent years, including all-time records in enrollments and philanthropy as well as new schools and academic initiatives, has been updated to keep pace with rapidly-changing challenges emerging in higher education, the region and the global economy.

A draft update of the UNH Strategic Plan, “UNH in 2020,” was released last week by the Strategic Planning Committee. In his State of the University address last year, President Mark W. Huddleston directed the university community to renew the plan, which was launched in 2010. The committee, drawing members from the Durham, Manchester and Concord campuses, has spent the past year surveying the community, assessing UNH’s progress to date and working on ways to refresh the plan’s strategy.

Among the plans major accomplishments to date are:

  • The opening of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
  • The creation of the UNH School of Law
  • The launch of the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
  • The launch of the Carsey School of Public Policy
  • The expansion of UNH Manchester into the Pandora Mill building
  • The creation of UNHInnovation for research commercialization resources
  • Expanded global reach through foreign student enrollments, study-abroad programs, faculty exchanges, visiting scholars, and arts and cultural programs

Leading the renewal project were Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lisa MacFarlane and Vice President for Finance and Administration Dick Cannon. MacFarlane encourages UNH community members to read the report and share feedback and suggestions to the Strategic Plan Steering Committee by Feb. 5, at