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Sara Jayne Steen

President Sara Jayne Steen

Welcome to Plymouth State University, a vibrant regional comprehensive University that combines a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in research and in community engagement.

At Plymouth State University, you will find a wide array of fine undergraduate and graduate programs and a faculty and staff committed to student success. With nearly 50 undergraduate majors and 70 minors in programs that include business, education, the arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences, PSU appeals to a large range of interests.

Our faculty members are well-known in their fields and regularly honored. Thad Guldbrandsen, director of the Center for Rural Partnerships and research assistant professor of environmental science and policy, was included in the New Hampshire Union Leader‘s 2008 “40 Under 40″ list, recognizing the state’s bright young leaders.  His co-authored book, Local Democracy Under Siege, has been awarded the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize by the Society for the Anthropology of North America for the Best Critical Study.  Jonathan Santore, chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance and a composer whose works have been performed and broadcast internationally, has recently had his work recognized as “Best of NH” for his creative blending of history, music, and art.  At PSU, students work side-by-side with such faculty mentors, who guide undergraduate and graduate student research.

And our reach is both regional and global. Brian Eisenhauer, associate director of the Center for the Environment and assistant professor of sociology, is leading an important outreach project across New England to protect surface and groundwater quality. PSU conducted its sixth Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute in July, 2009, led by Blake Hazzard Allen and funded by the U.S. State Department, to offer seminars in contemporary education for teachers from across Pakistan, a wonderful cultural exchange.

These are only samples of the extraordinary work being done at Plymouth State University in every field. As you browse our Web pages, please take time to read the news stories about our student, faculty, staff, and alumni accomplishments.

Located in a beautiful New England setting at the gateway to the Lakes Region and the White Mountains, an outstanding natural laboratory for learning, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review – for good reason.

Sara Jayne Steen
President

In Plymouth Magazine

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PSU Collaboration Leads to Emmy

When Trish Lindberg was a 17-year-old musician, artist, and actor, her mother—a teacher herself—told her she would make a great teacher. Lindberg looked her mother right in the eye and said, “I will never be a teacher!” Mother Knows Best Decades later, Lindberg, now a Carnegie Foundation NH Professor of the Year, a recipient of […]

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Faculty Forum: Brian Eisenhauer on Shrinking Our Environmental Impact

In his roles as professor, scholar, researcher, mentor, and campus leader, Brian Eisenhauer is at the center of Plymouth State’s sustainability and climate neutrality efforts. Under his leadership, Plymouth State has been consistently recognized as a leader in environmental sustainability and is regularly included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges, a compilation of […]

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Nora Galvin ’14, Stellar Student-Athlete

As an NCAA Division III school, Plymouth State is home to the true student-athlete: the student who exhibits the same drive, dedication, and commitment to excellence both in and out of the classroom; who studies hard for a rewarding future; and plays for the love of the game. PSU social work major Nora Galvin ’14, […]