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For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Cookson, 603-767-1247
University System of NH Chancellor Edward MacKay to Retire in March 2013
July 6, 2012—LEE, NH—The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Chancellor, Dr. Edward MacKay, informed the Board of Trustees that he will retire from the University System effective next spring. He has served as chancellor since July 2009 and has worked for the University System for over 36 years.
In a statement to the Board, he said: “From my perspective the USNH has provided, and continues to provide, an extraordinary value for the citizens of New Hampshire and is integral to sustaining the quality of life we cherish. There are many crucial tasks to be accomplished during the next eight months, including advocacy for our biennial budget requests and a number of important, long-term collaborative efforts with the Community College System. I am enthusiastic about completing this work and facilitating the continuing evolution and success of the USNH.”
Dr. MacKay served as the USNH vice chancellor from 1987 to 2009, and in senior capacities in budgeting and financial planning with USNH since 1979. He began his higher education career in New Hampshire at Keene State College in 1976.
“For the better part of four decades, Ed MacKay has tirelessly supported, advocated for and enhanced public higher education in New Hampshire. On behalf of the USNH Board of Trustees, we want to express our collective gratitude for his contributions, including the leadership role he has played as USNH chancellor,” said USNH Board Chair Richard Galway. “We appreciate the advance notice regarding his decision to retire next March as it will give the Board ample time to put in place plans for a smooth change in leadership.”
About the University System of New Hampshire:
The mission of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) is to serve the higher educational needs of the people of New Hampshire. Through its four institutions (University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, KeeneState College, and Granite State College), USNH institutions presently serve more 30,000 students and award more than half of the bachelor’s degrees earned each year in New Hampshire.