President Announces Search Committee for Senior Vice Provost for Research
May 5, 2009
Dear members of the UNH community,
I am writing to announce formally the search for our next chief research officer at the University of New Hampshire and to enlist your help in finding this leader from within our own considerable ranks of experts.
As you may have read in UNHtoday and Campus Journal, the position of senior vice provost for research will report to the provost and will replace the position of vice president for research. I hope—and expect—this closer alignment of research within the academic portfolio to strengthen both the research enterprise itself and our broader academic mission.
This is an exciting and challenging time at UNH. We are all aware of the fiscal constraints that face the university, and we have all been working hard to address them. I have been heartened by the impressive level of interest and participation in the strategic planning process this academic year—although, given UNH’s enduring legacy of commitment and participation, I have not been surprised by it.
I have also been encouraged by the widespread feedback the provost search committee has been receiving from the community during these weeks of candidate visits. All of these elements—our budgetary challenges, our strategic planning, and the search not just for the provost, but now for the senior vice provost for research as well—are manifesting at opportune times, especially when considered together. UNH is poised to sharpen its focus and recommit itself to its core missions of research, teaching, and outreach; at the same time, the university must continue aggressively to seek external support in all forms and to expand into new markets. The senior vice provost for research will play an integral role in all of these efforts.
Kevin Gardner, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the Environmental Research Group, is chair of the search committee; you may view a full list of committee members at www.unh.edu/president/markhuddleston/speeches/researchsearchcontact0509.htm, and you will see that we have assembled a strong team to seek out and evaluate candidates. But by no means will the committee rely on its own resources alone. It is important that all members of the community share their insight and make nominations for this critical position. Please read the position listing at www.unhjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=182545 and consider recommending an outstanding faculty member for consideration.
UNH has so many areas of strength and expertise, and so many renowned scholars and researchers, that I am confident we will find a capable, enthusiastic, and visionary leader through an internal search. Given that the next provost will be a newcomer to our university, I feel it is crucial that the senior vice provost for research be familiar with our complex enterprise—yet open and eager to learn more about and support and encourage all areas of scholarship, research, and creative activity.
We have many strengths on which to build, and many more which we have yet to explore fully. I look forward to working with all of you to achieve UNH’s full potential, and thank you in advance for your help in identifying our next leader for research.
Mark W. Huddleston