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Mark Rubinstein To Lead New Advancement Effort

February 11, 2009

Mark Rubinstein, vice president for student and academic services, will be named interim vice president for advancement, President Mark Huddleston announced today. The appointment was approved Monday by the USNH Board of Trustees’ human resources subcommittee, pending final action by the board’s executive committee.

According to Huddleston, Rubinstein will serve in this newly created position for approximately 18 months to two years, after which a search for a permanent vice president will be undertaken.  Rubinstein then will return to his role in student and academic services.

Huddleston has created a new advancement model which will blend the Alumni Association and the UNH Foundation into a single advancement operation for better integration, focus and effectiveness. As Huddleston noted at his inauguration, one of his primary goals is to create a “culture of philanthropy at UNH” in order to increase private giving. 

“Mark Rubinstein is one of the best administrators I have ever worked with,” Huddleston said. “He is exactly the right person to manage this transition and to lay the organizational groundwork for a robust advancement operation.”

Huddleston noted that Rubinstein will begin the transition to his new position over the next two weeks.

Working with his leadership team in student and academic services, Rubinstein will reallocate some of his current responsibilities to allow an appropriate focus on advancement. 

Huddleston called the reorganization vital – both in terms of launching a capital campaign and weathering the current economic difficulties.

Peggy Sullivan, president of the UNH Foundation, and Gregg Sanborn, executive director of the Alumni Association, will report to Rubinstein as associate vice president for advancement/development and associate vice president for advancement/alumni relations, respectively. 

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