Installation of President Huddleston
September 3, 2008
Mark W. Huddleston will take a unique approach to his installation as the 19th president of the University of New Hampshire Sept. 16, 2008, choosing to highlight the university’s efforts around sustainability and resourcefulness. Out-of-town dignitaries will be encouraged not to attend and the installation ceremony will be rolled into the larger, annual celebration of University Day to reduce the event’s carbon footprint and save money.
Given the economic pressures facing the university, President Huddleston has chosen not to host separate events to mark his inauguration but to build on existing activities in an effort to avoid excess and direct resources toward our students, faculty, and the citizens of New Hampshire.
Huddleston will be installed by University System of New Hampshire Board Chairman Edward Dupont as the 19th president in a ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the Memorial Union Building. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, as well as the rest of the day’s activities. Huddleston’s installation ceremony will be followed by his inaugural address.
UNH Transportation Services has agreed to make buses free for the day for the greater Durham community and those on campus are encouraged to walk or bike to the ceremony.
Huddleston brings three decades of experience in public and private higher education as a faculty member, dean, and senior administrator, most recently as president of Ohio Wesleyan University. His term at UNH commenced in July 2007.
Huddleston began his academic career at the State University of New York-Buffalo in 1977 as an assistant professor of political science. 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, where he managed 45 academic departments and centers with nearly 900 fulltime faculty and staff, and served in that capacity until he was named president of Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004.
An author of numerous books and articles, he 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.
For a complete schedule of the day’s events visit http://www.unh.edu/president/markhuddleston/inauguration/.