Kasper C. Marking

April 9th, 2010 by Bridget


markingDr. Kasper Marking was the first male and first layperson to be named president of Briar Cliff College in Iowa in 1972. He was president of Briar Cliff until 1977 when he was appointed President of Plymouth State.

“Dr. Marking saw that campus beautification promised a renewed pride to the students and faculty and the enhancement of the valuable assets that the campus had already developed,” (Where My Viewpoints Crossed. James J. Hogan.) and encouraged its beautification.  Marking was also aware of the need for a sense of community at PSU.  Representatives of more than 50 colleges and universities attended his inauguration on October 1, 1978. At the inauguration President Marking said, “PSC is purely American, especially in spirit. … These students are from families of ‘working class parents.’ They are student from families that are the salt of the earth.” (Hogan, p. 212.). During his tenure added attention was given to the human needs of the student population, the Music and Theatre Department was created, the business department expanded, Silver Hall experienced it first renovation, the Society for Scholarly Dialogue was created, the Sidore Lecture Series premiered, the Plymouth Children’s Center opened Prospect Hall was doubled in capacity.  Jim Hogan wrote of Marking , “ … [he] encouraged faculty initiative and fostered a spirit of optimism.” (Hogan, p. 223).

President Marking left Plymouth in 1983 to become Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire.

from Plymouth-Where My Viewpoints Crossed, by Jim Hogan; and advancement publications

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