New dean to take reins at UNH Manchester

By Staff Report
On April 10, 2012

  • Ali Rafieymehr. Courtesy

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester will have a new dean this summer. Ali Rafieymehr will be taking over the position on July 1, from Dr. Sally Ward, who also served as a professor of sociology at UNH and interim dean for the past two years. Rafieymehr is a software engineer with a long career in higher education.

UNH officials say Rafieymehr's background in academics and the Merrimack Valley computer industry will strengthen relationships between the campus and businesses in the area. Rafieymehr holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and most recently served as dean of the Division of Information Technology and Sciences at Champlain College in Vermont.

"[Dr. Rafieymehr] will be able to hit the ground running as we continue to grow our partnerships with businesses in the area," UNH Provost John Aber said in a release.

Rafieymehr worked for two decades as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corp. and Avici Systems before holding teaching positions at Saint Anselm College, UMass-Lowell and Merrimack College. He designed the "Kids in Technology and Science" program to incite interest in science and technology among students, particularly females. Rafieymehr was also the department chair and professor of computer science and information technology at Western New England University.

"We are very pleased to welcome a new dean with the background and entrepreneurial credentials needed to continue to advance our efforts around workforce needs and economic development," UNH President Mark Huddleston said in a statement announcing the appointment.

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