Edward MacKay to Succeed Stephen Reno as UNH Chancellor in 2009
By Matt Cookson, USNH
October 29, 2008
The USNH Board of Trustees named Edward MacKay chancellor-elect during their recent fall meeting. MacKay, USNH vice chancellor and treasurer, will succeed Stephen Reno, the current chancellor who announced this past summer that he is stepping down as of June 30, 2009.
With his three decades of leadership in higher education and a national reputation in public higher education finance and management, MacKay’s appointment was approved unanimously.
“As the Board considered succession plans in light of the impending retirement of Chancellor Reno, it became clear that Ed MacKay’s expertise and experience made him an excellent candidate,” said Edward Dupont, chair of the USNH Board of Trustees. “His financial management skills are top notch and he is highly respected for his work and sound advice. The skill sets he brings to the position, the economic challenges that face higher education, and the fact that he has worked very effectively and creatively with our Board and our campuses for many years will create a smooth transition in leadership at USNH.”
MacKay has served as treasurer since 2000, vice chancellor since 1987, and in senior capacities in budgeting and financial planning with USNH since 1979. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, masters from Lehigh University, and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He has served on many prominent state and national boards and currently serves as chair of the commission responsible for creation and oversight of the State of New Hampshire UNIQUE College Investing (“529”) Program.
Other recent activities include chair from 2006 to 2008 of the New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation, the state’s largest provider of student loans, and as a member in 2007 of the commission appointed to recommend changes to ensure the long term viability of the New Hampshire Retirement System. He is a resident of Durham.
“I am deeply appreciative of the confidence and trust the board has placed in me, and pledge to honor it through a continuing commitment to provide New Hampshire families with affordable access to programs of quality,” said MacKay. “We have produced accomplished people, places and programs by being innovative and embracing an entrepreneurial spirit. As we move forward in working to achieve our mission, we must maximize the use of resources, be nimble and responsive to changing needs for programs and services, and renew efforts to ensure qualified students are able to attend and become successful graduates. Our decision making will be shaped by and measured against these core values.”
Chancellor Reno has served in this capacity since August 2000 and as of June 2009, will be the longest serving chancellor at the University System. He commended the board for the decision to appoint Dr. MacKay as his successor. “Ed has accomplished much during his tenure with USNH and was a natural choice to lead the University System into the next decade,” he said. “The board has chosen very wisely by making this direct appointment.”