Dr. Stephen Reno (2000-2009)

  • Gave impetus to the Knowledge Economy Education Plan (KEEP NH), providing USNH with a capital appropriation of $209 million, funding an integrated, multi-year capital improvements plan-unprecedented in state history. Much of the strategy, advocacy work, and consensus building was accomplished during Dr. Reno's tenure.
  • Worked with Board and presidents to clarify the respective missions of the four USNH institutions, including name change to Plymouth State University and Granite State College.
  • Established Strategic Indicators to monitor progress of individual institutions and University System overall.
  • Fostered student transfer between USNH and the Community College System of New Hampshire through on-line articulation system NHTransfer.org
  • Supported efforts to raise aspirations and college enrollment and success through the P-16 working Group, expansion of Project Mentor, “Get Ready for College,” the Affordable College Effort, and emphasis on internships and campus-based business liaisons.
  • Launched the “55% Initiative” to encourage more NH college graduates to start careers in the Granite State (later known as the Stay, Work, Play NH project).