About Dan Innis
Dan Innis is a businessman and UNH administrator. He has served as the Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics since 2007, overseeing major developments at the school. Dan co-founded The Hotel Portsmouth with his husband, Doug Palardy, and is slated to open Spring 2014. They also co-founded The Ale House Inn in downtown Portsmouth prior to its sale to Lark Hotels in 2013.
Innis resides in Portsmouth and is the proud father of three children from a previous marriage: Benjamin, Nicholas, and Emily. Benjamin and Nicholas currently attend the University of New Hampshire.
Early Life and Education
Innis was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Jean A. and Gene A. Innis. The first in his family to attend college, Innis earned his BBA from Ohio University in 1985, an MBA from Miami University (Ohio) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from The Ohio State University in 1991.
Innis learned the value of hard work from an early age. He began helping at his father's printing business when he was 14 years-old. At age 16, he took a job in maintenance at a local golf course, where he worked for six summers during school.
Innis became interested in business as a middle school student, when he started reading his grandfather's Forbes magazines. He looked forward to receiving each issue after his grandfather had read it. The two discussed what they had read, and these conversations with his grandfather (who is still reading Forbes at age 93) gave Innis an early understanding of the complexities of business.
Business and Education Career
After receiving his MBA, Innis worked at the corporate headquarters of the Warner-Lambert Company as an assistant operations analyst. He returned to school for his Ph.D. in 1988, and in 1991, he began his academic career at Ohio University as an assistant professor of marketing.
Innis eventually was tenured and then advanced in administration. He joined the University of Maine in 2002 as Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy, and Health. In 2007, he moved to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
During his tenure at UNH, the school made huge strides forward. The new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics was opened in 2013 as a result of the single largest gift in the history of UNH. It has enabled enrollment in business at UNH to increase significantly, producing more graduates to help grow New Hampshire's economy.
In 2008, Innis purchased the Bow Street Inn with Doug Palardy. The inn was completely transformed and reopened as the Ale House Inn. The Ale House Inn was recognized nationwide by media outlets as a unique experience in Portsmouth and a top-rated place to stay. The Ale House Inn was sold to Lark Hotels in 2013. After selling the Ale House Inn Dan and Doug co-founded The Hotel Portsmouth, which is slated to open in the spring of 2014.