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Sara Jayne Steen to Step Down as PSU president

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 over 50 undergraduate majors and over 60 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.  Associate Professor of Meteorology Lourdes Avilés received the Atmospheric Science Librarians International award for her book Taken by Storm 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane, as the best book of 2013 relating to historical meteorology/ climatology/ or atmospheric sciences.  Professor of Music Theory and Composition Jonathan Santore,in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, won the 2013 American Prize in Composition in the category of professional composers of choral music. His submission included recordings of his work performed by the New Hampshire Master Chorale, for which Santore serves as composer in residence.  At PSU, students work side-by-side with such faculty mentors, who guide undergraduate and graduate student research and creativity.

And our reach is both regional and global. The Enterprise Center at Plymouth, a partnership between PSU and the Grafton County Economic Development Council, is a new business incubator and accelerator, where faculty provide expert counsel and students gain valuable experience in internships, assisting new and emerging companies with real world issues. The Museum of the White Mountains is designed to preserve and promote the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the White Mountains, and students are engaged in all aspects, from doing research to creating curriculum guides and planning permaculture landscaping.  PSU students serve and learn globally, through service trips, short and long term study abroad, internships, and research opportunities, often guided by faculty with a national reputation, like Fulbright scholar Mark Green, assistant professor of hydrology at the Center for the Environment, doing notable forest research here in the U.S. and abroad in Japan.

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 received high marks for the undergraduate experience in a national review by Educate to Career – for good reason.

Sara Jayne Steen

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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PEOPLE FIRST: The Presidency of Sara Jayne Steen

In her introductory remarks for her first Faculty Day on August 23, 2006, President Steen said, “PSU’s future is something we’ll shape together.” What follows are just some of the many initiatives launched and nurtured during her presidency, as told by the people who worked with her to shape them.