• Deborah and Julie

Office of the Dean

Mission & Vision

We are proud to be the Granite State's flagship business school. We offer a full complement of high- quality programs in business, economics, accounting, finance, information systems management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and hospitality management. Programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive development levels. The school's undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide.

Our mission is to prepare individuals to excel in their careers, engage in their communities, and meet the challenges of the global business world through our innovative, research-based education and outreach.

Our vision is to be a world-class, innovative, student-focused, and research-intensive learning community that advances businesses, governments, and societies.

Our Leadership 

Deborah Merrill-Sands, dean

Deborah Merrill-Sands is the dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Paul College, Dean Merrill-Sands served as the dean of Mills College’s Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business from 2010-2015, where she also held the Glenn and Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education. Dean Merrill-Sands’ tenure at the School of Management of Simmons College (1996-2010) includes the leadership positions of dean and associate dean as well as co-founder and co-director the Center for Gender in Organizations.

Dean Merrill-Sands is the author of numerous journal articles, monographs and book chapters.  Her research focuses on diversity and gender dynamics in the workplace, women and leadership, organizational effectiveness and leading change. Most recently, she has explored business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Prior to her work in higher education, Dean Merrill-Sands worked for 15 years in international agricultural research and development with organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, the International Service for National Agricultural Research, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. She also has consulted to for-profit, not-for-profit and intergovernmental organizations on policies and practices for managing diversity to enhance organizational effectiveness.She has served on the boards of Hampshire College, the Forte Foundation, and the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology.

Dean Merrill-Sands earned her Ph.D. (1984) and M.A. (1981) in anthropology from Cornell University and her B.A. in social sciences from Hampshire College. Over her career, she has received grants and fellowships from Fulbright Hays, the Inter-American Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Peter J. Lane, associate dean of faculty and administration, professor of strategic management & technology

Neil B. Niman, associate dean of academic programs, associate professor of economics

Dean's Office Staff


  • Cecile Aitchison
    Assistant VP for Development and External Engagement


  • Sherri J. Cannon
    Administrative Assistant III


  • Jennifer Chagnon
    Assistant Manager of Academic Affairs


  • Adam Cogbill
    Director of Writing


  • Karie Fisher
    Assistant Manager for Faculty Administration


  • Deborah Hensley
    Executive Assistant to the Dean


  • Sharon Keeler
    Director of Communications and Marketing


  • Deborah Merrill-Sands
    Dean


  • Neil B. Niman
    Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Associate Professor of Economics


  • Heather M. Smith
    Administrative Assistant III

Dean's Advisory Board

The Peter T. Paul College's Dean's Executive Advisory Board, whose members come from a range of professional business organizations, advises and assists the school with educational and research activities, assists in maintaining relationships with external constituencies, and helps develop the resources necessary to carry out the school's mission.

Current Board Members

Patricia Bannan '82
Chartered Financial Analyst & Managing Director
Atlantic Trust
Boston, MA
Patricia Bannan's LinkedIn Profile

Todd Black '87
SVP External Affairs and Customer Relations
Unitil Corporation
Hampton, NH
Todd Black's LinkedIn Profile

Jude Blake '77
USNH Trustee
Portsmouth, NH
Jude Blake's LinkedIn Profile

Bob Dakin '77
Senior Vice President
Warnaco, Inc.
New York, NY

Bob Dakin's LinkedIn Profile

Erik Dodier ‘92
CEO/Co-Founder
PixelMedia
Portsmouth, NH
Erik Dodier's LinkedIn Profile

Lynne Dougherty '78
Former SVP Services and
Franchise Operations, Starwood Hotels
Roswell, GA
Lynne Dougherty's LinkedIn Profile

David Gray '89
Group Vice President of Field Marketing
Charter Communications
Stamford, CT
David Gray's LinkedIn Profile

J. Michael Hickey '73
Retired Verizon Executive
Newmarket, NH
J.Michael Hickey’s LinkedIn Profile

Colin Kelley '12
Senior Analyst
Prime, Buchholz & Associates
Portsmouth, NH
Colin Kelley's LinkedIn Profile

Kevin Knarr ‘91
COO, United Health Employer & Indvidual
United Health Group
Washington, DC
Kevin Knarr's LinkedIn Profile

Wayne Morrison ’76
Former Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Amphenol, TCS
Mont Vernon, NH
Wayne Morrison's LinkedIn Profile

Peter T. Paul '67
President, Chairman and CEO
Headlands Asset Management
San Rafael, CA
Peter T. Paul's LinkedIn Profile

Michael J. Pilot '84
Former Chief Commercial Officer
GE Capital
Hampton, NH
Mike Pilot's LinkedIn Profile

Scott Sorensen ‘92
Managing Director
Vigilant Capital Management
Portsmouth, NH
Scott Sorensen's LinkedIn Profile

Jennifer Tegfeldt ’85
UNH Law Trustee, Consultant, Strategic Transactions,
Licensing, and Intellectual Property Law/Business
Charlestown, MA
Jennifer Tegfeldt's LinkedIn Profile

John Turner ‘82
General Partner
West View Capital Partners
Boston, MA
John Turner's LinkedIn Profile

Ted Wheatley '76
Executive Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle
Boston, MA
Ted Wheatley's LinkedIn Profile

Charles F. Withee
President
The Provident Bank
Amesbury, MA
Charles F. Withee's LinkedIn Profile

Honors Council

Joe Faro '91
Windham, NH

Paul Holloway
President, Holloway Automotive Group
Greenland, NH
Paul Holloway's LinkedIn Profile

Mel Rines ‘47
Chair, Rines Associates
Weston, MA

Paul College Staff

Cecile Aitchison
Assistant VP for Development and External Engagement
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
Durham, NH
Cecile Aitchison's LinkedIn Profile

Past Members

James Ben '92
Managing Director
Atlantic Trust
New York, NY

George Campbell, Jr.
Principal
InfraLinx
New York, NY

Joan Cullinane '95G
Director, Operations
Oracle
Burlington, MA

Mary McGrath Donovan '90G
Director of Marketing
Strolz Ski Boots North America LLC
Portsmouth, NH

Michael Fischer
President & CEO
Business Information Partners
Nottingham, NH

Dan Perullo '89
CFA and Managing Partner
Logan Circle Partners
Philadelphia, PA

Cathy Saunders '83
Managing Director
Putnam Investments
Boston, MA

Elizabeth Scarborough ‘87G
Managing Director, Supervisory Affairs, Credit Risk
GE Capital
Norwalk, CT

Dean's Ambassador Program

Each year, the Dean selects 16 students (8 male and 8 female) to serve as the “Dean’s Ambassadors.”
 This group of 16 juniors and seniors serves as the Dean’s student advisors, representing the college at many high-level alumni functions and business events, both on and off-campus.

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