Citing lack of support from UNH, Broderick to step down as director of Rudman Center

Last modified: 3/20/2015 12:40:25 AM
Citing a lack of institutional support, John Broderick will step down as executive director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Police at UNH Law.

Broderick’s announcement comes less than a year after he stepped down as dean of the law school to become the first ever executive director at the Rudman Center in Concord. Since opening four years ago, the Rudman Center has raised more than $4 million, named two Rudman Fellow and attracted numerous high-profile speakers, including Vice President Joe Biden.

Still, Broderick said it was necessary to turn the reins over to someone else.

“Unfortunately, the University has not shared our enthusiasm and focus for the Center and, as a result, has done little to asist in advancing the Center’s development,” Broderick said in a letter to the center’s board of advisors.

A replacement for Broderick hasn’t been named.

A leadership transition plan will be developed in the coming weeks, said Erika Mantz, spokeswoman for the University of New Hampshire.

“The Rudman Center has quickly become a visible forum for important policy discussions and is supporting students’ interest in public service legal careers,” Mantz said, in an email. The university is fully committed to the center’s work and its mission, she said.

“Even in a challenging financial environment, UNH remains committed to investing in the Rudman Center’s good work to train the next generation of leaders,” she said.

Broderick laid out some of his concerns in the two-page letter.

The center’s development director was needlessly forced out last April, Broderick said. Eight months later the university filled the post on a part-time basis. The move left the center without meaningful communications capacity and virtually no social media outreach, Broderick said.

Broderick, former Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, will leave his post June 1.

“I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I can no longer continue to create and shepherd what the University won’t meaningfully support,” Broderick said in the letter.

Before being named executive director at the Rudman Center, Broderick led UNH Law’s integration into the full university and grew the school’s national cachet. Jordan Budd of Bow is currently dean of UNH Law.

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