Strategic Plan Update
Mark W. Huddleston
Update: Strategic Vision for 2020
Progress and Priorities
September 21, 2010
Welcome everyone, including colleagues at UNH Manchester who are joining us via simulcast.
I’d like to begin with a hearty “thanks” to our performers for that terrific and rousing start to our presentation today. I want to recognize Jack Savage, the musical director, accompanist Evelyn Mann, and the cast of talented students for that performance of “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.” Thank you also to the student Woodwind Quintet.
Your performances highlight “Arts for Life,” our yearlong celebration of the last half-century of arts at UNH, a celebration sets the stage for continued great works. Deb Kinghorn of the department of theatre and dance has led the campus-wide “Arts for Life” effort. I hope you all received the mailer that lists the extraordinary number and range of fine and performing arts events that will take place on campus this year—including the September opening of “The Artists Revealed,” an exhibition showcasing recent work by 13 studio faculty members.
I would also note that later this month we are inviting a group of arts leaders from around the state for a conversation about how UNH can lead a more robust statewide arts network.
The future of the arts at UNH was just one of the initiatives presented when we gathered in February to roll out the strategic plan, a plan that we dubbed “UNH in 2020.”
As you will recall, in an era that has seen college costs rise faster than the ability of students and families to pay, the plan calls on all of us to rethink how a major research university can and should operate. It commits us to finding new ways to teach, learn, discover, create, and engage in the 21st century—and positions UNH to become a national leader in the redefinition of American higher education.
In the next few minutes, I would like to highlight some of the specific actions—nine to be precise—we’ve taken to move the plan forward.
There is more, but I’m going to stop there. As you can see, UNH has been very busy these past several months. And we’re not planning on slowing down. To give you a snapshot of four of the key priorities we’re moving on in the coming nine months, I’m going to turn the microphone over to University Professor and Provost John Aber.