As another academic year closes, our guest today, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston, can look back at a year that was a little easier than 2011, when the legislature cut appropriations to higher education in half. Now, with some of that money restored, tuition was frozen for a time, while other initiatives (many bolstered by private money) moved ahead. In January, UNH and Franklin Pierce law center made it official, and now there’s “UNH Law School” in Concord. In April, a new school of business and economics opened on the Durham campus, and planning is also underway
At a recent cookout behind the red-brick mill building that houses UNH Manchester, senior Derek Burkhardt describes what’s been an eight-year run to get his bachelor’s.
“I actually attended UNH Manchester right out of high school,” says Burkhardt. “But I took some time off in between school to save up some money to be able to afford school, but also to join AmeriCorps. So once I was done with that I came back to continue my education.”
Like many students here Burkhardt says he chose UNH Manchester because that’s where he lives.
UNH President Mark Huddleston delivered his State of the University address, Thursday. He used the speech to reiterate his call to restore the cuts to the State University funding.
In exchange for restoring the state’s nearly $50 million dollar cut from the university system Huddleston again pledged to freeze tuition for two years and increase student grants and scholarships to students.