- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A telecommunications industry executive has been chosen to lead the Manchester campus of the University of New Hampshire.

The university announced Wednesday that J. Michael Hickey will become interim dean of the Manchester campus Jan. 22.

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 193 graduate of UNH.

Hickey replaces Ali Rafieymehr, who resigned in November after 15 months on the job.

UNH Manchester has approximately 1,200 students.

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