James Varn

Affiliate Associate Professor of Political Science and Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Strategic Planning


Jim Varn is assistant provost at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program, a graduate program in the UNH political science department. Jim has held several other positions at UNH: assistant vice president for administration, director of the Program on Consensus and Negotiation, director of the New England Center, and director for Foundation Development. Prior to coming to UNH, Mr. Varn served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate and director of the Center for New Hampshire's Future. He has also consulted, facilitated, and taught for a variety of organizations in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, leadership, and conflict management. 

Mr. Varn has a BA from UNH, an MPA from Harvard University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in educational administration from UNH. He was also a Kellogg National Fellow for three years.