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Franklin Pierce Law Center Merger Forum May 15

May 6, 2009

The UNH-Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC) merger exploration working group invites members of the community to an open forum Friday, May 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the MUB Theatre II.  All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

President Mark Huddleston appointed this exploration working group to identify and analyze the issues salient to a possible merger between UNH and FPLC.  A draft of the working group’s report can be accessed at http://www.unh.edu/president/markhuddleston/speeches/fplc0509.htm.

The working group aims to articulate foreseeable costs and benefits of a potential merger and seeks comments on its draft report before sending its final version to President Huddleston. Members of the working group will begin the open forum with a brief presentation before fielding questions and comments. For anyone unable to attend this meeting, email your comments to Nick Smith (nick.smith@unh.edu)

Members of the working group include:

  • Nick Smith (co-chair), associate professor of philosophy
  • David Proulx (co-chair), assistant vice president for Financial Planning and Budget
  • Taylor Eighmy (past chair), interim vice president for Research
  • Doug Bencks, university architect and director of Campus Planning
  • Kim Billings, university spokesperson
  • Ellen Cohn, professor of psychology and coordinator of the justice studies program
  • Lori Hopkins, associate professor of Spanish
  • Leigh Anne Melanson, associate provost for Academic Administration
  • Jen Murray, VP for University Communications and Marketing
  • Charlie Putnam, co-director of the Justiceworks program
  • Ben Smith, director of fundraising at the UNH Foundation
  • Jim Varn, associate provost and director of the MPA program
  • Venky Venkatachalam, professor of information systems and chair of the decision sciences department
  • Deanna Wood, associate professor and reference librarian

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