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Presidential Finalist Meets UNH Community

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 11, 2007

The latest presidential candidate for the presidency at UNH was on campus yesterday and is here today, giving faculty, staff and students the opportunity to meet with him and ask questions.

Mark Huddleston, who currently serves as president of Ohio Wesleyan University, is the latest finalist to participate in public meetings. On Tuesday he participated in an open forum with faculty members and then traveled the Manchester campus for a meeting with the UNH Manchester community.

Earlier today he met with members of the Durham community and UNH staff at the Alumni Center. This afternoon, a student forum takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the MUB, room 330/332, followed by a reception tonight at the New England Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Huddleston, who was raised in Syracuse, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, holds both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He returned to SUNY-Buffalo as an assistant professor of political science in 1977. He then joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1980, where he remained for the next 24 years.

Huddleston chaired the department of political science and international relations and served as associate provost for international programs. He was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and served in that capacity until he was named president of Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004. An author of numerous books and articles, Huddleston has been active as a consultant for both the U.S. government and international organizations. He also served as an advisor in Bosnia on rebuilding financial and administrative infrastructures after the Dayton accords.

In his talk with staff members, Huddleston, described himself as a “consultative kind of decision maker.” He spoke of the similarities between UNH and the University of Delaware, saying since he had made the move to Ohio, he “missed the sense of mission” that comes with working at a large university.

“It’s easier in a lot of ways at a small school,” Huddleston said of Ohio Wesleyan, “but I found a piece was missing.”

Huddleston has connections to New England; his parents live in Vermont and he owns a home there.

Following Huddleston’s two-day tour, the presidential search committee will meet to discuss the visits and review the assessment forms. Based on the feedback, they will make a determination regarding next steps.

“The search committee has focused on the top candidates, done our due diligence, and the committee believes that Dr. Huddleston is the best candidate to move forward at this time,” said Edward Dupont, vice chair of the USNH Board of Trustees and chair of the search committee. “The public campus visit is the next step in the process and will provide us with valuable input from campus community members who participate in these forums.”

The curriculum vita for Huddleston is available at www.unh.edu and www.usnh.edu. In addition, copies of the CV will be available for review at the Dimond Library reference desk and at the UNH-Manchester library.

Huddleston is the third finalist to visit UNH during this search.

UNH Interim President J. Bonnie Newman has been serving in this capacity since the departure of former President Ann Weaver Hart in June 2006. The 13-member search committee was appointed by the USNH Board of Trustees shortly after President Hart left office.

Assessment cards from Huddleston’s visit can be read at www.usnh.edu/unh_pres_search.

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