Governor Jeanne Shaheen will participate in the Boyd Hall groundbreaking ceremony at Plymouth State College Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m. The $16 million Boyd Hall renovation and addition is the first construction project to break ground as a result of KEEP, the University System of New Hampshire’s (USNH) $100 million capital funding campaign, approved by the state legislature last fall.
The ceremony will open with a welcome from PSC President Donald Wharton, followed by a presentation from Governor Shaheen. Other speakers will include Rep. Gene Chandler, speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives; Sen. Ned Gordon, district two; Rep. Jeb Bradley, district eight, John Lynch, chair of the USNH board of trustees; Bruce Keough, former chair of the USNH board of trustees and KEEP leader; and Stephen Reno, USNH chancellor.
“The Boyd Hall groundbreaking is historic for Plymouth State, but also for the University System,” says Wharton. “It makes the hard work of many a reality, including our staff, USNH trustees, the other USNH presidents, business leaders, area educators and the state legislature.”
Seven people representing the College, University System and legislature will actually be the first to break ground on the project. They are: Wavell Fogleman, chair of the natural science department; Gene Savage ’58, USNH trustee and Rick Alpers, president of the student senate, as well as President Wharton, Sen. Gordon, Rep. Bradley and Mr. Lynch.
Named for Robert L. Boyd, a professor at PSC for over 30 years, Boyd Hall was constructed in 1969 as a multipurpose facility to serve approximately 2000 students. However, a growing enrollment, unprecedented scientific progress, increased instructional demands and technological advances have created a need for specialized space, data and telecommunications capacity.
The reconstructed Boyd Hall and its new 20,000 square foot addition will result in a state-of-the-art facility for the study of natural science when it opens it doors in fall 2003. Actual construction is scheduled to begin in early May.