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President Mark Huddleston Takes Questions at Annual Tri-Council Retreat

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
January 20, 2010

An analysis of USNH employee benefits is slated to take place before any decisions are made on the proposed changes now before the System Personnel Policies Council (SPPC), according to President Mark Huddleston who informed the OS, PAT and Extension Educators councils of the plan during their annual retreat held Jan. 13 at the Elliot Alumni Center.

Similar studies were conducted in 1994 and 2002. Huddleston noted the analysis will determine if what is presently being offered to employees is fair and appropriate.

“I’m committed to UNH being an employer of choice. I don’t think anyone wants to see us change that status,” Huddleston said. “The purpose of the study is to provide data.”

Joan Tambling, director of human resources, said the process will be fast-tracked so it can be done concurrently while the SPPC is looking at the proposed modifications. As it stands, any changes will go into effect July1, 2010.  (http://unh.edu/news/campusjournal/2010/Jan/13os.cfm).

 “They are looking at things that have declining value,” Tambling said.

One proposed change, to eliminate pay on those days when the university curtails operations, has been scrapped.

Sharon Demers informed the council chairs that, based on feedback from employees at all campuses, at their Dec. 17, 2009 meeting, it was the consensus of the presidents to remove elimination of curtailed operations pay from the proposed list of total compensation programs which have a declining benefit/cost relationship.

Huddleston also took several questions from council representatives who asked for updates on such issues as the proposed use of the New England Center, faculty contract negotiations, the Pierce Law School merger, the new January term and the university budget.

The budget will require the university to be inventive with revenue streams, Huddleston said, adding that “we need to focus like lasers beams” on other revenue streams than state funding.

Of the J-term, which he noted grossed about $500,000, Huddleston said he is “hopeful it will really blossom.”

During the retreat, the councils also held individual meetings to nominate chairmen for various committees and begin setting goals for 2010.


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