Move to Concord eyed for offices of university system
The prospect of making operations more cost-effective comes amid what has become perennial scrutiny of the chancellor's office by some in the Legislature as well as a regular cost-benefit review of shared services by university trustees themselves. The chancellor's office, located on an administrative campus just west of the Lee traffic circle on Route 4, operates on an estimated $11 million budget and with about 70 full-time equivalent employees.
Nothing will be decided for several months, said Tiffany Eddy, a spokeswoman for USNH. It is "in the exploratory stage," she said in a phone interview Saturday.
USNH includes the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College. A 27-member board of trustees administers the system. Pamela Diamantis of Greenland is chairwoman. Ex-offio board members include Leach and university and college presidents, as well as Gov. Maggie Hassan. Former Gov. John Lynch, who served on the board before he was elected in 2004, rejoined the board in September after being nominated by Hassan.
USNH has operated from the administrative offices just west of the Lee traffic circle since 1974, nine years after the Legislature created the modern "university system." Dunlap Center is at 25 Concord Road, and Myers Center, which includes financial and capital projects operations, is at 27 Concord Road, also known as Route 4. The administrative functions there include accounting services, government affairs, human resources and legal counsel.
At this time, Eddy said, she is unaware of any one building or address being discussed for a potential relocation.
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