New Leadership

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New Leadership

Dean Wayne Jones aims to strengthen bond with alumni

Friday, July 14, 2017

Greetings from our beautiful campus in Durham.

Since becoming the dean of CEPS in July, I am amazed at the wonderful things happening on our campus. With 25 years of experience in higher education as a chemist and materials scientist, UNH was a special draw because of its commitment to student success and world-class research. I am excited about the many opportunities in front of us.

I say “us” because our alumni and donors play a vital role in the success of the college. This is evident in the generous gifts that led to the founding of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center and the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory expansion project, each of which are expected to open this fall. The impact is clear in the numerous smaller gifts that are the lifeblood of funding senior research projects, student organizations and our STEMbassadors outreach program. It’s also visible in the alumni who serve as mentors to our students and work with our Career and Professional Success office to help launch the careers of our graduates.

The efforts of alumni and donors are vital, and I am committed to strengthening the college’s bond with you. We value all you bring to achieve the college’s mission of providing a high-quality, affordable education in an environment designed to cultivate the students’ highest aspirations.

Despite sending 400 graduates into the workforce and graduate school just before my arrival, there is an abundance of energy in CEPS this summer thanks to research, scholarship and outreach programs on campus.

The highlight for our faculty is the recent award to create a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. Thanks to a five-year, $10 million award from the National Institutes of Health, the center will enhance the climate for biomedical/bioengineering research at UNH, and its interdisciplinary nature will support junior faculty achieving success early in their career.

Our students continue to take advantage of summer research opportunities and help to facilitate our Tech Camp programs. This summer, we hosted more than 250 students and educators in the K-12 community in our goal to inspire and excite the next generation of students to pursue STEM fields.

I welcome the opportunity to share more in person or via email.  If you plan to visit the Durham area, including during UNH’s homecoming weekend September 22 – 24, please contact us. We would be delighted to welcome you back.