UNH Names Jim Dean Jr. as Next President

Apr 4, 2018

James W. "Jim" Dean Jr. will become the 20th President of the University of New Hampshire on June 30, 2018.
Credit UNH

The University of New Hampshire has named James W. Dean Jr. as the 20th President of the state's flagship university.

Dean was recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he is a professor of organizational behavior. He will take office June 30, and succeed Mark Huddleston.

The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees voted unanimously to select Dean. 

In the UNH announcement, Dean said, "I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of UNH at a time when all public universities need to rethink our efforts to support the public through teaching, research and engagement. The university has accomplished so much already in the classroom, the laboratory, and the community, and it is well-positioned to strengthen and even to define its role as a leading public research university."

UPDATE: The incoming president's compensation is factored at a target scale between the 45h and 60th percentile of the market for each senior executive position, based on USNH board policy and external review of comparable professionals. A spokesperson says the next president's total targeted cash compensation is an annual base pay of $445,000, and a potential annual bonus amount of 20 percent.

The bonus component depends on performance measures and objectives, so that actual payout could range from zero to 150 percent of the target, according to UNH.

The new president will also be awarded an annual deferred compensation payment of $30,000, which will vest over a period of five years, so that the payments are made only if the president remains employed for the five-year term.

The university issued this video introduction Wednesday: