(L-R) Plymouth State President Donald Wharton, Arlene Whittemore Johnson ’42, Professor Emeritus Norton Bagley ’41, Governor Craig Benson, USNH Alumni Trustee Gene Savage ’58, and Judge of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals Jeff Howard ’78. Photo by Shaughn Piper.
|Over 50 faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and legislators witnessed Governor Craig Benson sign Senate Bill 113 changing the name of Plymouth State College to Plymouth State University. The signing took place at 9:44 a.m. in the Governor’s Council Chambers at the State House. The name change won’t be effective for another 60 days, but that didn’t diminish the excitement of those present. President Wharton said, “It’s a great day for Plymouth State.” Among the attendees were Arlene Whittemore Johnson ’42 who testified before the legislature in support of the name change to Plymouth Teacher’s College in 1938; Rita Hyde, widow of Harold Hyde who was president when the name changed to Plymouth State College; Professor Al an Davis Sr., currently the longest tenured faculty member; and Norton Bagley ’41, professor emeritus of education.|