The purpose of the President’s Council is to collaborate with the President, University Advancement staff and the University’s leadership in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individuals and organizations for private support of the University’s mission and its vision for the future.
The President’s Council, established at Plymouth State University in 2001, is a volunteer advisory group that provides leadership and support to the President of Plymouth State University regarding development and fundraising.
The Council’s initial charge was to raise $4.5 million in the “Expanding Our Reach” campaign, focusing on support for the Boyd Science Center, endowments, the performing and visual arts, and campus beautification-notably, the George Lundeen bronze sculpture of Robert Frost in front of Rounds Hall. Meeting and exceeding that goal, the Council was instrumental in raising over $7 million; including the University’s first million dollar gift for scholarships.
Currently, the President’s Council is working on raising financial support for the new Turf Field. The Council’s leadership and experience are vital to connecting the University to our supporters, and their own generous, thoughtful philanthropy sets both the examples and the pace for building a culture of support at PSU.
Allan 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. Currently, he is the managing partner of Red Hill Capital, LLC. He has served as a director of more than twenty public and private financial services companies. Allan, and his wife Judy reside in Moultonborough, NH.
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 Trustees’ 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.
Amanda Grappone Osmer is the fourth generation of her family to help own and operate Grappone Automotive, a group of five new car dealerships, a wholesale parts operation, and collision center in Bow, NH. Team Grappone operates in a learning environment in which the whole person is fostered with the end goal of building lifelong relationships by serving with integrity, kindness and respect. Amanda lives in Canterbury with her husband, three kids, two dogs and an ever-changing number of homing pigeons.
Amanda currently serves on New Hampshire Public Broadcasting Service, Canterbury Shaker Village, the Endowment for Health, Partners for Community Wellness, and the state’s Lemon Law Board. She serves in the following advisory capacities: Spark NH, Stay Work Play, and the NH Charitable Foundation’s NH Tomorrow Initiative.
David Poulin ’85 is a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. He is also a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®) from the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). He began his career and corporate sale consultant for national computer reseller Businessland Inc. before changing careers in 1990 and moving to the financial services industry as a financial advisor at Lehman Brother in Boston where he began working with private company owners and executives.
Now focusing exclusively on small and middle-market business owners, David advises clients on reducing their personal and business risk, building their business’ value, and transitioning that value to serve their personal goals after business. David is a member of the Exit Planning Exchange of Boston and Small Business Association of New England.
Originally from Dexter, Maine, David played football at Plymouth State and graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1985. He is a founding member of Friends of PSU Football. He lives in Wayland, Massachusetts with his wife Monica, a graduate of Roger Williams University and Boston College, and their three children.
David is very active in youth sports and other charitable activities in Wayland. He has coached football, softball and baseball for many years and was the former Vice-President of Wayland Weston Pop Warner Football. David is also a yearly participant in the Pan Mass Challenge bike-a-thon raising money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute where he rides in memory of the many people he knows effected by cancer.
Donald L. Birx, Ph.D., became the 15th president of Plymouth State University on July 31, 2015.
Dr. Birx served as the chancellor of Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College, and was responsible for the quality of the college’s academic programs in teaching, research and service, and its overall operations, including strategic planning, human resources, enrollment management, fundraising, marketing, alumni and community relations, intercollegiate athletics and outreach.
Before joining Penn State Behrend, Dr. Birx served as vice chancellor and vice president for research for the University of Houston System (UH). His accomplishments there included the initiation of systemwide, multidisciplinary clusters that spanned UH’s colleges and campuses, focusing on strategic collaboration in the areas of nano-materials, energy and natural resources, biomedicine, complex systems, community advancement and education and arts and human enrichment. At UH, Dr. Birx founded the Center for Industrial Partnerships, a joint endeavor to translate research to practical applications and increase interplay between the business community and the university’s research faculty. In addition, he held the appointment of full professor of electrical engineering.
Prior to his work at UH, Dr. Birx was interim vice provost/president for research and professor of physics at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Dr. Birx began his career in academia following industry experience with Systems Research Laboratories, Inc., in Dayton, Ohio, where he advanced from senior scientist to principal investigator, then general manager of the company’s intelligent systems division, and finally vice president and team leader of technology and new ventures.
Dr. Birx holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree in physics and an MBA in finance, both from Miami University of Ohio; and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton. He and his wife, Linda, have four children.
Eric is currently an Executive Vice President of Omnicom Group Inc. where he has global responsibility for corporate finance and treasury activities, principally to provide funding for the corporation in such forms as public market debt and equity, private bank loans and commitments, commercial paper, and leasing. Omnicom Group is a Fortune 500 strategic holding company that manages a portfolio of global market leaders in the disciplines of advertising, marketing services, specialty communications, interactive/digital media, and media buying services.
Prior to joining Omnicom Group, Eric was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of True North Communications, another strategic holding company in the industry, with financial responsibilities for a portfolio of marketing services companies. Eric was a member of True North’s Pension Investment Committee.
Eric’s extensive experience as a banker provided him with executive opportunities at Omnicom and True North. Eric was a Managing Director of Global Relationship Banking at Citigroup where he was responsible for marketing a full range of corporate and investment banking products to clients in the media and communications sector, including advertising agencies, marketing services companies, professional sports leagues, cable broadcasting and programming, television and radio broadcasting, telecommunications, and publishing. Eric has over 25 years experience in areas such as strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, rating agency management, foreign exchange, cross-border investments, hedging, credit risk, leasing, and financial reporting.
Eric serves on the Finance Committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), the industry’s trade association, and on the Board of Directors of AAAA Benefits Inc.
Eric is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics, majoring in accounting and a Master of Business Administration, majoring in management. Eric and his wife, Paula, reside in Princeton Junction, NJ with their three children. Their son, Jared, graduated from Plymouth State University in 2006.
Kenneth Moulton ’73 is owner of Moulton Real Estate which he established in 1981. Ken has been a realtor for 37 years serving as President of the Concord Board of Realtors in 1981 and was Realtor of the Year in 1982. Moulton Real Estate is involved with the development of 55-plus housing and vacation housing. Previous to starting his real estate business, Ken was manager of the Concord Athletic Club, 1973-76 and was manager of Wiita Family Realty, 1976-81.
Ken is currently the Executive Director of the Friends of Bridges Property and serves on the USNH Board of Trustees. Ken has also served on many other community boards and committees: Board of Directors of the Friend Program; Board of Directors of the United Way; Rotarian for 29 years; President of the Bow Rotary Club 1999-2000; He is a Paul Harris Fellow; Vice President of Friends for Bridges Property; and was on the Finance Committee for Governor John H. Lynch for 5 years.
Ken’s wife and daughter, Jackie McKeen Moulton and Jennifer, both graduated from PSU. Ken’s son Kris attended UNH.
Nick Vailas ’76 played football for Plymouth State, and was a cum laude graduate majoring in physical education. Nick is founder and CEO of the Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center, and president of the Fitness Network. He also founded and manages Apple Therapy Centers, a network of rehabilitation centers that specialize in sports injuries. Nick is a wellness and healthcare consultant and former director of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Out of his commitment to injury prevention Nick made a major gift to Plymouth State University last summer for the construction of a properly equipped strength and conditioning facility at the PE Center. An additional gift for this purpose is being offered as a challenge to the Hall of Fame athletes and the TKE fraternity, for their fund raising projects that will fund the completion of phase II of the facility this summer.
Nick and his wife Mary Ann reside in Bedford where they are raising their five children. Any spare time is devoted to coaching football and raising buffalo in New Hampshire.
Patti and her husband, Scott Biederman ’75 have been co-owners of Biederman’s Deli and Pub and the Chase Street Market on Plymouth’s Main Street for the past 35 years. While a student earning her B.S. in Physical Education, Patti served as co-chair of the Miss PSC Pageant and was an active member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She has continued service to her alma mater throughout her life as an alumna and local resident.
Patti was active in the campaign to raise support for the Silver Cultural Arts Center, the Silver and Gold effort to renovate the soccer field, the advisory committee to develop a new university logo, and most recently with the PSU Welcome Center Committee, part of the new Ice Arena. She also represented the local business community in the interview process for the presidential search.
As a civic leader, Patti has been active in Plymouth’s Shop Local initiative, the Main Street Program, and with the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce where she also served as president. She has been a board member for the Holderness Central School and school board representative for the Town of Holderness Budget Committee.
In 2008, Patti and Scott were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. They are sponsors of the “Biederman Zamboa,” which made its debut in November 2010 at the new Plymouth State University Ice Arena.
Yet the accomplishment Patti is most proud of is that of mom to her daughter, Kerri, who works as a senior communications associate at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and her son, Bryan, an ’07 Plymouth State University graduate and co-owner of Poleish Sport Outdoor Games.
Wayne is a realtor with Olde Port Properties in Portsmouth N.H. He previously spent 35 years in the medical device and orthopedic industry, where he founded two successful orthopedic supply companies and later helped reorganize and manage distribution for Wright Medical Technology, a major orthopedic manufacturer. Throughout his career he has been involved in the rehabilitation and development of numerous commercial and residential properties in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Most notable was the restoration of The Custom House, a historic Portsmouth landmark built in 1860. As a 1972 graduate of Plymouth State University, he was part of the first class to major in Plymouth’s new business administration program. He was the President of Kappa Delta Phi fraternity and co-captain of the varsity track and field team, where he set individual records for the shot put and discus. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston’s New England School of Law in 1982. Wayne has been very active in the Portsmouth and New Castle communities, sitting on various boards and serving as the New Castle School District and Town Moderator for 30 years. He is the former chairman of the New Hampshire State Republican Party and later served as Rudy Giuliani’s chairman during the 2007 primary campaign. He is a former member of the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority and is a past commissioner of the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission. In addition to founding two popular local scholarships, Wayne has been a corporator at Piscataqua Savings Bank since 2000. Wayne met his future bride, Paulette Darcy Semprini ’72, at Plymouth State when both were undergraduates. Paulette arrived at Plymouth State from her home on Long Island without ever having visited campus but knew of its strong program in teacher education. Wayne and Paulette now live in New Castle, NH, near both their sons, one a graduate of University of New Hampshire and the other of Providence College.
April 2017 Wayne was principally drawn to the President’s Council as an ambitious advocate of Plymouth State University’s Academic Clusters endeavor. This program provides students with an opportunity to integrate real world learning, research and service opportunities across academic disciplines. This unique approach provides an enhanced educational opportunity, combined with actual experiences that greatly benefit the student, as well as the community at large.
Will is a 1964 graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical education. Subjects of postgraduate study include mechanical engineering, finance, and investment counseling. Will began his business career in an earth moving equipment company in which he advanced from parts department laborer to vice president in charge of international sales before entering the brokerage business in 1968. After more than a decade of experience in the business, Will joined Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette (DLJ) in 1981 where, with his partner and a small cohort of brokers, he opened the Boston office of the firm (now the office of Credit Suisse.)
When a client relationship with Larry Berk, founder of the internationally renowned Berklee College of Music, turned to friendship, President Berk convinced Will to join the college’s board of trustees and for more than 25 years was one of the few non-musicians on the board. In 2001, Berklee honored Will both by awarding him an honorary doctorate in music and naming a reception hall in its performance center, The William Davis Room.
When his primary residence was in Boston, Will was appointed by the mayor to serve as one of 26 members of the Strategic Development Study Committee (SDSC) for the Boston extension portion of the Turnpike Air Rights Development. Among numerous philanthropic priorities, he actively supported local arts initiatives there including the Massachusetts College of Art, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Art Connection, and the Boston Arts Academy. Will’s interest and support of the arts is shared by his wife Jessica, who held Harvard University’s first chair in the arts in education, and by the youngest of his three sons Benjamin, who is an actor in Los Angeles. In Boston, Will’s oldest son Joshua is a managing partner of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C. and his middle son Alex follows Will’s business tradition as a broker at Morgan Stanley.
Now retired from Credit-Suisse, Will looks forward to serving on the President’s Council of Plymouth State University for President Sara Jayne Steen and he continues to serve on the board of the Little Church Theater in Holderness. From his residence on Squam Lake, Will supports and lends his voice to environmental issues addressed by the Natural Science Center of Squam Lakes, the Squam Lakes Association, and the Squam Lake Conservation Society.
Bill has owned and operated the Inn On Golden Pond in Holderness, NH for the past 25 years. Over the years Bill has served his community as Budget Committee Chair and Selectman. He founded and chaired a local, community based non-profit, Holderness 2000 Inc., which was responsible for constructing a recreation path in town and purchasing land and constructing a town common in Holderness village. He has served on numerous non-profit Boards including the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (Chair 2 years), the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth (Treasurer 2 years), and the NH Charitable Foundation – North Country (Chair 3 years). He currently serves on the board of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and as President of the Grafton County Economic Development Board.
Bill is a graduate of Colgate University. He and his wife Bonnie live in Holderness, NH and have two grown children.