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Monday, December 16, 2013

New logo will strengthen competiveness of UNH

Last weekend was a big one for the University of New Hampshire, with a great football playoff win over Maine. And there was another important win on Saturday when the university introduced its new logo design at the Whittemore Center before a packed crowd chanting “I believe in UNH!” This unveiling marked the culmination of months of work by a panel of UNH students, alumni, faculty, and staff appointed by UNH President Mark Huddleston.

A lot has changed since UNH’s former logo was adopted 15 years ago. The competition for students and faculty has become very intense, especially in New England. University officials have continued to tighten management and investment practices in Durham and at UNH campuses in Manchester and Concord – with an eye toward greater service, innovation and entrepreneurship. In doing so, the university has strengthened its presence beyond Durham to important Merrimack Valley markets and to communities throughout the state. ...

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Last weekend was a big one for the University of New Hampshire, with a great football playoff win over Maine. And there was another important win on Saturday when the university introduced its new logo design at the Whittemore Center before a packed crowd chanting “I believe in UNH!” This unveiling marked the culmination of months of work by a panel of UNH students, alumni, faculty, and staff appointed by UNH President Mark Huddleston.

A lot has changed since UNH’s former logo was adopted 15 years ago. The competition for students and faculty has become very intense, especially in New England. University officials have continued to tighten management and investment practices in Durham and at UNH campuses in Manchester and Concord – with an eye toward greater service, innovation and entrepreneurship. In doing so, the university has strengthened its presence beyond Durham to important Merrimack Valley markets and to communities throughout the state.

The manner in which UNH positions itself in state, national, and international markets is critically important. A clean, bold, unifying logo that represents our more geographically dispersed university community helps to distinguish UNH among its peers and competitors. This was my experience in the private sector as New England Telephone Company became, in succession, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and Verizon. Although “Verizon” was fresh and new at its introduction, it has since become a leading, internationally recognized business icon.

Our new logo will help the University of New Hampshire unify its presence across the state and strengthen its market position around the world. This heightened visibility will forever be firmly grounded by our university’s lasting contributions in research, academic excellence and community service.

J. Michael Hickey is a 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire.