Dr. Ross Gittell, who is the James R. Carter Professor and associate professor of management at the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics, will present the commencement address at Plymouth State University Graduate Commencement Saturday, May 15.
Gittell received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and his A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of two books, Renewing Cities (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Community Organizing: Building Social Capital as a Development Strategy (with Avis Vidal, Sage Publications, 1998) and has published more than 50 articles including those in academic journals such as the New England Economic Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Regional Studies, National Civic Review and Journal of Entrepreneurial and Small Business Finance.
The principal investigator on a three-year U.S. Department of Commerce-funded research project on the economic value of innovations in weather and air quality forecasts, Gittell has also advised and engaged in funded research for the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York and for the Rockefeller, Ford and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations.
Gittell’s research and policy activities in New Hampshire include work for the state of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Business Industry Association, the N.H. Women’s Policy Institute, the N.H. Charitable Foundation and the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy on economic development, income disparity and fiscal issues.
In addition to his UNH responsibilities, Gittell is vice president, forecast manager and a board member of the New England Economic Project. He is also on the board of the Exeter Trust Company, the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire and NetworkNH and is a member of the New Hampshire Consensus Review Estimating Committee and the New Hampshire Task Force on Philanthropy.
Plymouth State University Graduate Commencement is held in the John C. Foley Gymnasium at the Physical Education Center on Holderness Road. The exercises begin at 10 a.m.
For information call the PSU Office of Graduate Studies and Outreach at (603) 535-2636.