- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston announced Wednesday he’s retiring at the end of the next school year, making him the longest-serving president in the school’s 150-year history.

The 66-year-old Huddleston joined the university in 2007. He said the school has worked hard to ensure that it is well positioned for the future, and that next year is the right time to transition leadership.

UNH is a remarkable institution and serving as president has been the highlight of my professional life,” said Huddleston.

Under Huddleston’s leadership, the university launched its law school, the Carsey School of Public Policy, and the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. The college also invested in infrastructure projects, including the expansion of the Manchester campus and building the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Huddleston led the university through efforts to minimize the impact of significant state budget cuts in 2011 and more recently, growth in private fundraising.

Huddleston’s retirement will coincide with the completion of the university’s largest-ever fundraising campaign, which the university says is on track to raise $275 million. The recent fundraising success allowed UNH to launch a new program earlier this year that ensures that New Hampshire students who are eligible for federal Pell grants pay no tuition.

Prior to his time at UNH, Huddleston served as president of Ohio Wesleyan University and spent more than two decades at thse University of Delaware.

The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees plans to form a committee in the coming weeks for a national search for the next president.

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