Last week, President Mark Huddleston appointed Dr. Nancy Targett, acting president from the University of Delaware as UNH’s new provost.
A provost is a high ranking position that overlooks the administration in the university. According to UNH’s website, Dr. Targett will be “responsible to the president for the creation and implementation of the academic priorities for the university and for the allocation of resources that will support those priorities.”
She will be working closely with the deans of each college within the university as well as the head of each department to allow students to have the best academic experience they can possibly have.
Dr. Targett currently holds the acting president position at the University of Delaware, meaning she is the head of the school while they are in a transition period between two other presidents. Dr. Targett began her acting presidency stand on July 1, 2015. Beforebefore taking the position, Dr. Targett was the dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware as well as the director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.
Dr. Targett received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology at the University of Pittsburgh. From there, she went on to get her Master’s of Science at the University of Miami in marine science and finally to the University of Maine to complete her Ph.D. in oceanography.
Throughout Dr. Targett’s professional career she has had held many different titles. Overall, Dr. Targett has served on many different boards and committees such as the National Research Council Ocean Studies Board, the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, the Surf Clams and Ocean Quahog Committee, amongst many others. All of her different positions have mostly been based around oceanography and science, showing that she has pursued her passions.
Dr. Targett is nationally recognized for her expertise in ocean issues. She held the treasurer position at the Sea Grant Association. This association, according to their website, “advocates for greater understanding, use, and conservation of marine, coastal and Great Lakes resources.” Dr. Targett has been a part of the organization for 9 years now as she began as a secretary in 2007.
Dr. Targett will finish out this academic year as the acting president of the University of Delaware and begin her new position as provost at UNH on Sept. 1, 2016.