PSU’s President’s Council Tours Ice Arena Construction Site

May 29th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-The Plymouth State University President’s Council kicked-off its semiannual meeting Thursday with a site tour of the University’s new Ice Arena, which is currently under construction.

The Ice Arena will cost $16.4 million and is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2010.

The President’s Council will also welcome three new members, Allan W. Fulkerson, former chief executive of Century Capital Management, Inc., Patricia Miller Powers ’75, president and co-founder of MarketReach, Inc., and Dr. Eldwin “Ed” Wixson, PSU Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.

Established in 2001, the PSU President’s Council works to raise funds for endowments and to develop University resources that will advance the mission and vision of Plymouth State University.

“Collectively the President’s Council is a group of people who believe deeply in the mission of Plymouth State University and advancing its cause,” said President’s Council Chairman Wallace Stevens. “The addition of our three new members will allow us to be an even more effective representative of PSU.”

“The new Ice Arena is a perfect example of how the President’s Council works to support Plymouth State University,” Stevens added. “For the University to continue its good works takes significant resources. The Council’s function is to be out in front of these efforts both raising awareness and funding.”

President's Council
From left to right, PSU President’s Council members Allan Fulkerson,Patricia Miller Powers,Council Chair Wallace Stevens,Campaign Steering Committee Chair Gene Savage and Ed Wixson at the site of the new Plymouth State Ice Arena

The Council held its first meeting in December of 2001 and promptly set a goal to raise $4.5 million for the Expanding Our Reach Campaign. This ambitious fundraising effort was the largest in school history and the funds were designated for the Boyd Science Center, endowments, the performing and visual arts, and campus beautification.

Over $7 million was ultimately raised from all sources including current and planned gifts. The University received its first-ever million-dollar gift to fund a new scholarship endowment for Pell-eligible students living in New Hampshire’s five poorest counties. A bronze statue of Robert Frost seated on a granite bench—now a favorite campus landmark—by American artist George Lundeen was also purchased as part of campus beautification. Other highlights include opening of the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute and refurbishment of the Silver Center for the Arts and the Strength and Conditioning room at the Physical Education Center.

PSU’s new executive director of University Advancement, Sylvia Bryant, also begins her tenure this week. Bryant comes to Plymouth State from Alfred University in Alfred, NY, where she was associate vice president for individual giving with oversight for major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, donor relations and stewardship, and advancement services. She served as executive director for the $150 million Building on Excellence comprehensive campaign, which resulted in the two largest gifts in the history of the institution.

A native of Missouri, she attended the University of Missouri-Rolla and the University of Kansas for undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively, and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, with emphasis on 19th-century American literature and feminist theory.

About the PSU Ice Arena

The Ice Arena will seat 850 spectators and serve as a teaching facility for instruction and research in ice activities, a home for Panther varsity men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, and a site for student recreation. The Ice Arena will also be a venue for community skating including high school athletics, adult and youth hockey leagues, figure skating, and recreational skating.

The Ice Arena will feature a Welcome Center lobby and facilities that will provide an attractive meeting place for prospective students, parents, and visitors to the campus as well as the towns of Plymouth and Holderness and the wider region.

Sylvia Bryant
Sylvia Bryant
Allan W. Fulkerson
Allan W. Fulkerson
Patricia Miller Powers
Patricia Miller Powers
Eldwin “Ed” Wixson
Eldwin “Ed” Wixson

PSU President’s Council Profiles:
New Members ~ May 2009
Allan W. Fulkerson is former chief executive of Century Capital Management, Inc., a Boston-based investment firm. Dating to its founding in 1928, the firm manages mutual fund and private equity partnerships with a focus on insurance and financial services. He is currently a director of Montpelier Re Holdings, Ltd. and chairman of the audit committee and a director of The Holt Agency in Milford, New Hampshire. Previously he has served as a director of more than twenty public and private financial services companies. In 2004, he formed Red Hill Capital, LLC based in Moultonborough, New Hampshire where he lives.

A Trustee of Williams College from 1986 until his appointment as Trustee Emeritus in 2001, he chaired the College’s Endowment Committee for eight years. During the College’s Third Century Capital Campaign, he served as National Major Gifts Chair and chaired the Trustee’s Development Committee.

Previously he served as President of the Society of Alumni. In 2004, Williams awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws. His recent non-profit involvements have included serving as President of the Squam Lakes Association, Chairman of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, Massachusetts), and member of the Dean’s Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Patricia Miller Powers ’75 is President and co-founder of MarketReach, Inc., a marketing services company, located in Goffstown, New Hampshire, which will be celebrating its 15th year in business this year. Prior to starting MarketReach, Inc., Patte was Corporate Events Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation. She was instrumental with the planning and execution of DECworld and major trade show events such as SIGGRAPH, and User Group Events, such as the Oracle and SAP User Group meetings. Patte has worked on various committees for PSU over the past years, including the committee for the Class of 1975 Gift Project.

While a student at Plymouth State, she was very active in Student Government, and was both Student Body President and Vice President. She is active in supporting animal rights and is currently a member of the committee to bring a Dog Park to the town of Bedford, New Hampshire, where she currently resides. Patte and her husband, Jim (also a member of the Class of ’75) have three children. Their youngest child, Whitney, is currently a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, where she is a member of the Women’s D1 Swim Team. Patte has spent many years as a registered US Swimming Official and has officiated at many swim meets through the years as Whitney was participating in US Swim Meets around the country.

Dr. Eldwin “Ed” Wixson, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, began his 40 years of teaching at Plymouth State in 1966. In addition, he served terms as mathematics chair and as dean. He was on numerous campus committees and represented Plymouth State in several University System of New Hampshire level capacities. His two favorite teaching topics are the mathematics of finance and the number theory basis of K-12 mathematics.

Wixson’s business experiences include 15 years as director of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and six years as director of the Virginia based National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, which currently holds more than $20 billion in loans nationwide. Currently, Ed is a director of Community Guaranty Savings Bank, a director of Speare Memorial Hospital, plus a director of Capital Regional Development Council (CDRC) of Concord, a statewide economic development entity. CDRC recently completed a 22 new jobs/multimillion dollar project at Boulder point here in Plymouth.

Ed and his wife Marilyn (also a longtime PSU mathematics teacher) recently endowed the Wixson Professorship of Mathematics. In a recent interview he said, “One can learn philanthropy. When you give to further the mission of PSU, you demonstrate directly our motto Ut prosim.”

PSU President’s Council

Bill Belvin, New Hampshire State Representative, serving on the Finance Committee of the House and on the New Hampshire Higher Education Oversight Subcommittee. ( Complete biography )

Joan Cook ’69, Executive Director of the Maine Pooled Disability Trust. ( Complete biography )

Joe Dudek ’87, Vice President and General Manager of the Century Division for Southern Wine & Spirits of New England, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States. ( Complete biography )

Suzanne Fitzgerald ’95, Vice President and Private Client Advisor III, Wealth Advisory Services of Wilmington Trust Corporation (Wilmington, Delaware). ( Complete biography )

Carol Flate Gerken ’67, Executive Director of Center Harbor, Meredith, and Moultonborough (New Hampshire) Community Caregivers. ( Complete biography )

Peter Graham ’58, retired teacher, coach and administrator (Summerfield, Florida). ( Complete biography )

Larry K. Haynes ’86, President and CEO for the Grappone Companies, one of New Hampshire’s largest automotive retailing groups. ( Complete biography )

Eric Huttner, Executive Vice President of Omnicom Group Inc (Greenwich, Connecticut). (Complete biography)

Theresa Koehler ’91, ’04G, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer of Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Massachusetts. ( Complete biography )

Mike Long ’75, President of Community Guaranty Savings Bank in Plymouth, New Hampshire. ( Complete biography )

Sid Lovett, senior minister, having served four congregations of the United Church of Christ (Holderness, New Hampshire). ( Complete biography )

Gordon “Gordie” MacEwan ’75, Executive Director of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, for the New England states (Duxbury, Massachusetts).( Complete biography )

Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More, Ph.D, Director for the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning and as Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, and Adjunct Professor of History at the Division of Liberal Arts: HPSS, Rhode Island School of Design. ( Complete biography )

Gene Savage ’58, retired after 35 years in education (Barrington, New Hampshire). ( Complete biography )

Austin Smith ’79, Principal Newmark Knight Frank (Boston, Massachusetts).( Complete biography )

Michael J. Spinelli Jr. ’68, founder and President of Spinelli Companies, Inc., a commercial and industrial development company in Dover, New Hampshire. ( Complete biography )

Roberta Wallace Stearns ’61, retired, former owner of Casco Bay College in Portland, Maine. ( Complete biography )

Sara Jayne Steen, President of Plymouth State University. ( Complete biography )

Wallace Stevens ’62 (Chair), Executive Director for the Global Aquaculture Alliance (Boston, Massachusetts). ( Complete biography )

Nick Vailas ’76, founder and CEO of the Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center, and President of the Fitness Network (Bedford, New Hampshire). ( Complete biography )

William Webb, owner and operator of the Inn On Golden Pond in Holderness, New Hampshire. ( Complete biography )

PSU President’s Council ex officio members
Chair-elect, PSU Alumni Association Board of Directors
Laura Brusseau ’04, high school social studies teacher within the Inter-Lakes School District (Meredith, New Hampshire). ( Complete biography )

Chair, PSU Alumni Association Board of Directors
Lee Mason ’65, retired after 36 years in education (Northwood, New Hampshire). ( Complete biography )

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or