Employees By the Numbers
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 16, 2007
Barbara Pond has worked at UNH for 45 years
Barbara Pond came to work at UNH two weeks after graduating high school.
That was 45 years ago.
Joyce Cleary and Darcie Russell were both hired in 1977. Donna Brown
came to UNH with her husband in 1972 and started working three-quarters
time four years later. Gary Cilley began his full-time job in 1982.
These five employees were recognized recently along with 187 other PAT,
OS and EE workers, for a collective total of 3,640 years of service to
the university. What follows is a recollection of some of the changes
that have taken place during their time here.
Pond remembers her initial interview in 1961. She met with the two secretaries
from the vice president’s and treasurer’s office. The first
personnel office wasn’t established until a few years later.
She had taken business classes in high school and had been trained on
a manual typewriter. Her typing test was on an electric, which she had
“Little did I know that my new job would be typing purchase orders
all day for the entire campus on an electric typewriter,” says Pond,
a senior business service assistant in the COLSA business service center. “It
was 20 years before we switched to computers”
When she started in 1962 she earned $45 a week, the minimum going rate
“Our business teacher told us not to settle for less than that,” Pond
says of her $2,340-a-year salary.
That’s about how much Russell’s tuition was when she was
a student here.
Darcie Russell came to work at UNH in 1977
“It cost me $2,400 total. I didn’t live on campus; I would
have paid about $400 more a semester if I had,” says Russell, a
senior information support assistant at Health Services. “But my
parents gave me a choice: a car or live on campus. I took the car.”
Russell graduated in 1973 and came back four years later, taking a secretarial
job in the registrars’ office. She remembers the MUB as being very
small. Now there are so many new buildings, new dorms, she says.
She has been here through seven UNH presidents, first as a student and
then as an employee.
“When you’re in the middle of it, you don’t notice
the change as much,” she says. “It’s happening around
you, and you’re part of it.”
When Cilley went to work in the admissions office in 1982, tuition was
$1,550. Now the senior associate director of admissions, Cilley notes
that at $2,160, the 2007 fees alone were more than that.
But that’s not the only increase Cilley has witnessed in his 25
years at UNH. More students graduate high school today, leading to a higher
percentage of those applying to college. That makes for tougher competition,
he says. In fact, the number of applicants has soared to upwards of 15,000
“Anxiety over applying and being accepted has sky-rocketed in the
last five to 10 years,’ Cilley says. “Twenty-five years ago,
someone applying to five or six schools was a lot of schools. Now it’s
16, 17, 18. Even 15 years ago that was unheard of.”
Brown, the director of undergraduate research, remembers when there was
only a little convenience store in Durham and she had to drive to Dover
for groceries. She ordered her son’s clothes from the Sears and
One change she has seen in her time here relates to spouses working at
“My husband (associate professor Warren Brown) and I had doctorates
at the time we came. I think that in the past 15 years, the university
has made it more of a priority to help spouses get positions,” Brown
says. “But all along, it has been interesting and diverse.”
She also notes the increase in opportunities for students. Many of those
now available didn’t exist 25 years ago. And those that did weren’t
of the caliber they are today, she says.
“For the students who really want to take advantage of the opportunities,
there really are so many here,’ Brown says.
There are also more buildings, more dorms and more departments, Cleary
says, recalling the smaller campus she came to 30 years ago. And with
the advent of construction, there has also been the demolition of older
“I submitted my original application in Brook House and it’s
no longer there,” Cleary says.
And Snively Arena is also gone, Cilley adds. But buildings like Murkland,
which was “ragged around the edges” back then, has been beautifully
renovated, he says. Additionally, new construction has been thoughtfully
designed to blend in with the old.
“I really like the way the architecture and the people in charge
of the architecture have integrated the new buildings,” Cilley says. “I
hear so many people say how they fit in very nicely.”
It’s all about being open to change, Russell says.
“Things have changed but I don’t think it’s any better
or any worse,” says Cilley. “They’ve just changed with
the times and if you’re going to survive, that’s what you
have to do.”