David Talbot

May 28th, 2015 by Christian


Professor David Talbot’s great grandfather started Talbots, which grew to be the largest men’s clothing retail store north of Boston. Professor Talbot took a different path from the retail business and instead pursued a career in banking, advancing from clerk to senior vice president.  He then had the opportunity to start Granite Bank in Milford where he served as President and CEO. Later he followed his heart, and hobby, by pursuing a career in the ski industry. He served as Treasurer for Booth Creek Ski Holdings (8 ski resorts throughout the U.S.), Chief Financial Officer at Loon Mountain and Stratton Mountain, and CEO of Bolton Valley. Fortunately for the students of PSU, he recognized his true vocation as teaching and advising, and he now brings all those years of industry knowledge into the classroom.  We sat down with Professor Talbot to learn more about him.


Q:  What do you enjoy about teaching Plymouth State students?


A:  “I love the relationships I have and continue to build as a teacher and advisor of students.  As an advisor, I have become a resource for résumé critiques and interview preparation. I have spent hours talking with students about career paths.  I take a lot of pride in maintaining relationships with students after they graduate.”


Q:  When you are not on campus, what do you enjoy doing?


A:  “I travel; I have been to 45 of the 50 states in the USA and five of the seven continents on the planet. I twice served as the faculty leader for PSU’s freshman study abroad program at the University of Limerick in Ireland. I have led a group of students in a semester study abroad at Sant’ Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.  Sharing my love of traveling with students through study abroad programs has lea to many great relationships.”


Q:  What accomplishments are you most proud of throughout your career?


A:  “First my family: I have a very supportive wife who also accompanies me on the faculty led study abroad programs.  I am proud of the accomplishments of our son who is an accomplished musician and college professor at Gettysburg College.  I am also close with our daughter, her husband and our two grandsons.  Of many rewards received over the years, I think my favorite accomplishment as a professor was when students voted to induct me into PSU’s chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. I am proud of being recognized for making a difference in the lives of students.”


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