Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

President's Welcome


The University System of New Hampshire has selected Dr. Mark Rubinstein, currently Vice President for Student and Academic Services at the University of New Hampshire, to serve as the next president of Granite State College.

Rubinstein’s service to the University of New Hampshire began in 1998 with an initial focus on enrollment management and academic support programs. Subsequently, his role was expanded to include student affairs and public safety. In 2009 and 2010, Rubinstein worked with the University’s advancement offices and more recently he has been involved in UNH’s efforts to build better partnerships with the Community College System of New Hampshire.

“Mark has been an outstanding contributor at UNH. His experience has well-­‐prepared him to serve students, faculty staff and alumni,” said USNH Board Chair Pamela Diamantis. “The unanimous vote by the Board, recognizes Mark’s outstanding performance at UNH. We are very excited to have him assume the presidency of Granite State College.“

“Granite State College is an institution that can be a real game changer – not just for our students but also our state,” said USNH Chancellor Dr. Todd Leach. “Mark brings not just an incredible understanding of the changing needs in public higher education, but also understands New Hampshire’s unique landscape and workforce needs from his years at UNH. We are very excited to have him take this leadership role at Granite State College. I am looking forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

“As Granite State College’s newest student, I look forward to learning from my GSC colleagues and contributing to the College’s unique mission of serving learners of all ages with accessible pathways to high quality and affordable educational opportunities through the College’s nine physical locations across the state, the capacity for online education, strong partnerships that have been forged with the Community College System of New Hampshire, and a well-­‐established platform for evaluating and awarding credit for prior learning experiences,” said Rubinstein. “Admittedly, much of this will be new for me and I appreciate the trust of the Board and my new colleagues at GSC in affording me this opportunity to serve.”

Prior to his work at UNH, Rubinstein served as the Director of Admission at the University of South Florida and in myriad roles related to admissions at Penn State. He holds a bachelors and master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in Education Theory and Policy from Penn State. Rubinstein resides in Strafford, New Hampshire with his wife, Maria. The Rubinsteins have three adult children, two of whom are UNH graduates and the third who still attends the University of New Hampshire. Rubinstein will assume his responsibilities as president on March 31st.