USNH names Leach interim chancellor

The University System of New Hampshire has picked Todd Leach, president of Granite State College, to serve as interim chancellor of USNH.

He assumes the position effective March 2, the date current Chancellor Ed MacKay will retire.

USNH said Leach will serve in his dual capacity until Aug. 31, or when a successor has been selected through a search process that is currently underway.

"Given that current Chancellor Ed MacKay's retirement is quickly approaching, the board believed that it would be prudent to make an interim appointment while the complete and thoughtful search for a permanent replacement continues," said USNH Board Chair Richard Galway.

Leach serves on the University System of New Hampshire's Board of Trustees and as one of New Hampshire's commissioners of higher education. He is also a member of the boards of the New Hampshire College and University Council and the New Hampshire Forum on the Future.

He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the subjects of distance learning and professional education.

During Leach's tenure, Granite State College has achieved the highest enrollment levels in its 40-year history, and in 2012 celebrated its largest graduating class. He also pioneered the development of the college's first master's level programming and created the Office of Graduate Studies. Most recently, US News & World Report ranked Granite State College 27th in the nation for best online bachelor's programs.

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