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Mark W. Huddleston: “Higher Education in America: An Existential Crisis”

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Mark W. Huddleston: “Higher Education in America: An Existential Crisis”

Mark W. Huddleston, UNH President Emeritus, delivers the 2020 Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Virtual Event
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture:
“Higher Education in America: An Existential Crisis?”

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Mark W. Huddleston
President Emeritus
University of New Hampshire

Jason Barabas ’93
Director, Rockefeller Center
Dartmouth College

Lecture Info:
At least through the end of the 20th century, American higher education had been the envy of the world:  thousands of colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, served, year in and year out, as conveyer belts to the middle class for millions of students and as drivers of innovation for the American economy. Rapidly rising operating costs, soaring student debt, demographic challenges and growing doubts about the value of college have clouded the picture in the 21st century, leading to a spate of institutional closures and raising fundamental questions about the future of American higher education.

Mark W. Huddleston served as president of the University of New Hampshire from 2007 to 2018, the longest presidential tenure in UNH history. He earlier served as president of Ohio Wesleyan University, dean of the college of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware, and as a faculty member at SUNY Buffalo and the University of Delaware. Huddleston received his BA from SUNY Buffalo and his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in Political Science. He has published extensively in the field of public administration, with a particular focus on senior civil servants, and has consulted with US agencies and international organizations, including the World Bank and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on administrative and financial reforms in the Balkans, Mexico, Southern Africa and Central Asia. A good pilot and a bad golfer, he now spends most of his voluminous free time working with wood and trying to learn to play various stringed instruments. Father of three grown children, Huddleston lives with his wife, Emma, in Vermont and Florida.

Jason Barabas ’93 is the Director of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College as well as a Professor in the Department of Government. Professor Barabas earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree in Government from Dartmouth. In the years since, he has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Princeton as well as academic faculty positions in New York, Florida, and Illinois. While at Dartmouth, Barabas played intercollegiate football on three Ivy League championship teams and he worked as an intern in the White House Office of Media Affairs. After graduating from Dartmouth, Jason Barabas was appointed as an economic policy advisor for the Governor of Illinois. Currently, Professor Barabas teaches and conducts research on public policy and opinion preferences with an emphasis on empirical methodology and research design. In the last few decades, Dr. Barabas has published more than a dozen articles in top-ranked journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. Additionally, Professor Barabas is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and he has received awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Society for Political Psychology.

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