Media Release

For Immediate Release

Matthew Cookson, 603-862-0904


University System of NH Chancellor Stephen Reno Receives the Chairman’s Award from the NH High Technology Council

MANCHESTER, NH – May 4, 2009 – At its annual Entrepreneur of the Year award dinner on May 4th, the New Hampshire High Technology Council (NHHTC) honored University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Chancellor Stephen Reno with their Chairman’s Award.  This award is given out periodically to recognize an individual for significant contributions to the role of technology in New Hampshire.  NHHTC Chairman Matt Pierson announced the award, which was a surprise to Chancellor Reno, in front of the more than 300 attendees at the dinner.

“Chancellor Reno’s commitment to excellence in everything that he’s undertaken in the past nine years will provide a lasting legacy,” Pierson said.  “His support for science and technology is visible through the KEEP program that directed over $200 million into infrastructure on the USNH campuses during his tenure and his leadership role in EPSCoR.  He has provided exceptional leadership on a range of issues spanning education, government, and business.  While we will certainly miss him in his role as Chancellor, all of us are looking forward to working with him well into the future.” 

Chancellor Reno has served in this capacity since 2000 and is the longest serving chancellor of USNH, the state’s public, four-year college and university system that includes the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, Granite State College, and Plymouth State University.  He is stepping down in June 2009 to pursue other interests, including research and teaching. 

During his years in New Hampshire, Chancellor Reno has been a strong advocate for higher education, and in particular, for the role higher education plays in terms of economic and workforce development.  He has worked to enhance ties between higher education and business and has led efforts to encourage more new graduates to consider remaining in New Hampshire after graduation and launch careers here as part of the 55% Initiative.  After formally stepping down, he plans to stay involved in this effort, which is now being called Stay Work Play NH. 

Founded in 1983, the NHHTC’s mission is to bring together representatives from the private and public sectors to establish and maintain financial, technical, management, legislative and educational support programs that encourage innovative research and technology-based industrial development in New Hampshire.