March 30th, 2012
Friends and partners,
I am writing with news about upcoming staffing changes at the Center for Rural Partnerships.
Ben Amsden will take over leadership of the Center for Rural Partnerships on April 1, 2012, with a three-year appointment as Interim Director. Ben has been with the Center since 2008, and holds degrees in economics, recreation and tourism, and rural sociology. Many of you have already had the chance to work with him on projects related to community development, food & agriculture, agritourism, affordable housing, transportation, and more. Ben has established himself as a trusted community partner and creative leader on many of the Center’s initiatives, and we are proud of what he has accomplished both nationally and here in New Hampshire. We are in good hands with Ben, and I am looking forward to watching the Center prosper under his leadership.
Marylynn Cote began work as the Center’s new administrative assistant on March 28, 2012. A Lakes Region native, she comes to us from the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth, and the Northway Bank in Campton. In addition to working with the Center, Marylynn will be continuing her progress towards a B.A. in Communication & Media Studies through the Frost School at PSU.
Frances Belcher, Linda Upham-Bornstein, and Melissa Greenawalt-Yelle continue to work on behalf of the Center’s initiatives in the areas of regional health, history and heritage, and the White Mountains Institute. Their work continues to create a legacy of positive relationships with many of our partners, while providing educational opportunities for students and strengthening Plymouth State’s capacity to serve the region.
I will continue to be active in regional collaboration in my new capacity as Vice Provost for Research and Engagement at PSU, an appointment that will begin on August 1, 2012. My appointment and the reorganization of the Vice Provost’s office reflect an increased institutional commitment to regional partnerships. Over the past ten years, PSU has dramatically increased its commitment to regional engagement. The Center for Rural Partnerships, the Center for the Environment, and the Center for Activity Living and Healthy Communities have all been big parts of our commitment to the region, and they will continue to engage faculty, staff, and students in partnerships with our broader community in rural New Hampshire and across the Northern Forest. There is more we can do, however, and the establishment of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Engagement is just one part of PSU’s larger effort to catalyze the next phase of development and become ever more responsible partners in regional prosperity.
Thank you for support and partnership over the past six and a half years that I have served as the Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships, and I look forward to continuing our collaboration. Meanwhile, please join me in welcoming Ben and Marylynn to their new posts at the Center.