Tech executive named UNH-Manchester dean

Michael Decelle to succeed J. Michael Hickey


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Michael Decelle will be the next dean of the Manchester campus of the University of New Hampshire.

Michael Decelle, president and CEO of a San Diego-based venture-funded startup, has been named the new dean of the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.

Decelle will succeed J. Michael Hickey, who has served as the college’s interim dean for the last two years.

During his two years as interim dean, Hickey led the university through “extraordinary progress in developing programs and building partnerships with the local community, schools, community colleges and New Hampshire businesses,” said P.T. Vasudevan, UNH’s interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Decelle, a 1981 graduate of UNH, currently heads CrossFiber, a developer and manufacturer of photonic switches for data centers and telecom fiber optic networks.

Decelle, who has more than 30 years of experience in the commercialization of advanced technologies, previously was CEO of Sun Catalytix, a Cambridge, Mass.-based, venture-backed startup developing next-generation, grid-scale storage systems for the renewable energy industry. he also served as CEO of several other companies, including LumenZ, NoblePeak Vision and Apogee Photonics.

“Mike is an experienced engineer and entrepreneur with leadership skills that uniquely position him for this role – skills that will be invaluable in addressing New Hampshire’s workforce needs and enable our students to make valuable contributions to the economic future of the state,” said P.T. Vasudevan, UNH’s interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.

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