Nancy Targett is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire. As the university's provost, she is also the university’s chief academic officer and is responsible to the president for the creation and implementation of the academic priorities for the university and for the allocation of resources that will support those priorities. Targett works closely with the academic deans, department heads, student services professionals, faculty and staff to provide the highest possible quality of educational programs, both within and outside the classroom, for undergraduate and graduate students. An important part of the Targett’s job is also to insure that the university recruits, retains, encourages and supports an outstanding and diverse faculty; each of whom will make positive contributions to the university and to their discipline in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Dr. Targett is a nationally recognized expert on ocean issues and has previously served as dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and Acting President of University of Delaware.