Bill Marston will Deliver Graduate Commencement Speech May 13

April 13th, 2006 by Adam

After serving New Hampshire as a leader in education for more than 50 years, PSU alumnus Bill Marston ’54 (G ’64) says he is ready for “an old age full of serenity, peace and fulfillment.” Even so, at age 75, Marston – a Panther Hall of Famer who made his name at Plymouth State not only in the classroom but on the baseball field as well – often wonders to himself, “Why does life seem like being up at the plate with a 3 and 2 count? You are still looking for that fast ball right down the middle that you can hit out of the ballpark and go out a winner!”

Marston will offer his thoughts on fulfillment and the exhilaration of success at PSU’s 56th annual Graduate Commencement, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the John C. Foley Gymnasium.

During his five decades in K-12 and higher education, Marston has served as principal, headmaster, baseball coach and faculty member at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and universities, throughout the state. Marston’s rich background in all facets of education has made him a longstanding expert in school improvement, curriculum development, differentiated instruction, professional development and staff evaluation.

Marston’s leadership abilities have taken him to schools all over New Hampshire, from the North Country to the Merrimack Valley region and beyond. In the 1950s and 60s, Marston was a teaching principal at Gorham Junior High School, then the headmaster at Pembroke Academy from 1966 to 1981, spending the latter part of his career as principal of Goffstown Area High School until 1996. Since his retirement from Goffstown, Marston has continued to work as interim principal at several schools, including Epping Middle-High School, Warren Elementary School, Gilford Middle-High School, Merrimack High School and Campbell High School (Litchfield). This year, he is serving as the interim principal at Keene High School.

Marston has also been a faculty member in education at Mount St. Mary College in Hooksett, Notre Dame College in Manchester and Plymouth State University. He was a member of the visiting committee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association. His commitment to higher education led him to serve as a trustee of the University System of New Hampshire for eight years.

As a PSU alumnus, Marston has also devoted his time and wisdom to his alma mater. From 1976 to 1998, Marston served as the master of ceremonies for the Robert Frost Contemporary American Awards at PSU, and for the past four years, he has been a member of the Plymouth State University President’s Council. He received the Silas Pearl Presidential Medallion in 1998 for his service to PSU.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.