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Ohio Academic Named Provost and VP at UNH

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3/4/2013 9:00 PM

March 4, 2013

Daniel May, features Daniel J. May

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Daniel J. May, vice president for academic affairs at the University of Findlay in Ohio, has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Haven.

May, who will join UNH this summer, was the unanimous choice of the search committee.

“I am confident that Dr. May’s innovative strategies and agile responsiveness to market needs will benefit the University of New Haven over the next several years as we continue to grow,” said President Steven H. Kaplan. “Dr. May has a strong reputation of simultaneously focusing on high academic standards and student success. His skills and expertise will be of great value to UNH as it continues its transformation.”

May has worked at Findlay since 1991, when he was appointed assistant professor of geology. He rose to full professor in 2001 and chaired programs in environmental, safety and occupational health management prior to becoming dean of the university’s College of Sciences in 2003. He was named Findlay’s vice president for academic affairs in 2004.  

“I am drawn by the vision, energy, and shared adventurous spirit which define UNH today, “ said May.  “It is a privilege to join such an organization. It will be a pleasure to work with faculty, staff, and students to help all to thrive in these challenging and exciting times in higher education.”

Under May’s leadership, Findlay has grown its enrollment steadily by adding innovative undergraduate majors, professional graduate programs, online delivery of courses, and a variety of continuing education and consulting services. His efforts have helped Findlay’s reputation to grow regionally and nationally.

Prior to joining Findlay, May served on the faculty at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, from 1986 to 1989 and at Bowling Green State University in 1990-91. 

May earned his bachelor’s degree in geology at Stanford University and a Ph.D. in geology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He replaces David Dauwalder, who will become executive vice president and provost at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., on April 1.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.