Telecommunications industry executive J. Michael Hickey has been chosen to lead the Manchester campus of the University of New Hampshire and its roughly 1,200 students.
The 62-year-old Newmarket resident has worked for Verizon for more than two decades, most recently directing the company's policy development and advocacy in Washington. He previously served as director of the state Division of Economic Development and of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of UNH.
Provost Lisa MacFarlane announced Dean Ali Rafieymehr’s departure in an email to faculty and staff late Friday afternoon. She noted the resignation was effective that day. Spokesperson Erika Mantz said she couldn’t comment on personnel matters. Like MacFarlane’s email, she highlighted his work in so-called “STEM” fields.