New assignment for acting University of Delaware president

     Nancy Targett, acting president of the University of Delaware, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire. Her appointment is effective Sept. 1 (Photo courtesy of UD)

    Nancy Targett, acting president of the University of Delaware, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire. Her appointment is effective Sept. 1 (Photo courtesy of UD)

    Nancy Targett has accepted the job of provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire. 

    “Nancy brings an enormous breadth of experience to this role,” UNH President Mark Huddleston said. “She recognizes the many challenges facing higher education across the country. I am confident she is the person to strengthen the quality of our academic and research programs as we enhance UNH’s profile as a top-tier research university.”

    As UNH’s senior academic administrator Targett will work closely with deans, department heads, faculty and staff. 

    While Targett is excited about the new challenges and adventures headed her way, in an email sent to colleagues and students Tuesday, she described the move as “bittersweet.” 

    “As you can imagine, after 30+ years at UD, I have a deep affection for our institution and most especially its students, faculty and staff,” the email read. “I have spent the bulk of my career in [UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment] and I am so very proud of the achievements of our faculty, students, and staff.”

    Before she became acting president last summer, she served as dean of UD’s CEOE and director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. She has been a member of the UD faculty since 1984.

    John Cochran, chairman of UD’s Board of Trustees, congratulated Targett on her new post and said, “Nancy Targett’s distinguished tenure at the University … has been marked by her dedication and commitment to UD’s mission and its people. Nancy has truly made a difference at Delaware.”

    Targett’s term as acting president expires when Dennis Assanis becomes president on July 1. Her position at UNH is effective Sept. 1. 

    “I look forward to working with you over the several months (156 days if you are counting!) to ensure that UD continues on its positive trajectory,” Targett wrote in closing.

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