Ann Thurston was chosen as the 2003 Distinguished Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) staff member by her colleagues at Plymouth State College. Ann is the College bursar.
After high school in Lancaster, N.H., Ann came to PSC where she earned a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in history and a MBA. “At Plymouth,” she says, “I found that I enjoyed foreign languages—what a great way to study literature, music, history, culture, art—all rolled up in a package.” She spent her junior year living in Spain and traveling in Europe and Great Britain.
Following graduation Ann worked in the College library. She has also been supervisor of campus services, and became College bursar in 1990.
Student service is a hallmark of strategic planning at PSC. Ann works collegially between divisions, integrating systems and policies seamlessly so that students will have the fewest financial problems possible. One colleague wrote, “Got a technical or financial question about how things work at PSC or within the University System, whether it is personnel policy, financial aid, or Title IX? Ann will know the answer and make it understandable, no matter how technical. Over and over she has served as a resource, combining her many years of experience at PSC with her analytical ability and education.”
Whether on campus or system-wide committees, or in professional organizations, colleagues say that her accumulated knowledge, ability and strong PSC loyalty exemplify the professionalism and integrity of PATs at Plymouth State.
Ann is assistant treasure of the Pemi Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and has served on the board of directors of Granite State Management and Resources in Concord. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society and received the 1999 James J. Hogan Award for support of athletes and athletics at Plymouth State.
She says, “The College’s motto is ‘Ut Prosim’ – that I may serve. I believe many of us have this attitude. It’s our desire to be part of something larger than ourselves that motivates us. We see this in family, faith, friends and in our work, too. Public education is about access to higher education and a better life for our students. Some of us teach in the classroom while others teach outside the classroom. Each one of us has a part in that; each one contributes.”