Joe Dudek ’87 Named Vice Chairman of PSU President’s Council

November 6th, 2009 by Adam

Former All-American football player Joe Dudek ’87 was named vice-chairman of the PSU President’s Council at their Oct. 16 meeting. The mission of the Plymouth State University President’s Council is to raise funds for endowments and to develop University resources that will advance the mission and vision of Plymouth State University. Dudek joined the Council in 2007 and said he is excited about the opportunity to help his alma mater.

Joe Dudek
Joe Dudek has been named Vice Chair of the PSU President’s Council

“I am very excited to be named Vice Chairman of the PSU President’s Council,” said Dudek. “Attending Plymouth State University was one of the best decisions that I have ever made and my work on the President’s Council provides me with an opportunity to give back to the university that has given me so much. I look forward to working with Wally Stevens and the rest of the President’s Council members in achieving all of our fundraising goals.”

President’s Council Chairman Wally Stevens,’62, said he is looking forward to working with Dudek on future fundraising goals.

“Joe has demonstrated during his time as an undergraduate at Plymouth and his subsequent leadership in the business community a passion for excellence and commitment to teamwork,” Stevens said. “As Council Chair, I‘m delighted to see Joe take on these added responsibilities as vice chair.”

Dudek is vice president and general manager of the Century Division for Southern Wine & Spirits of New England, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States. Prior to joining Southern Wine & Spirits of New England, Joe worked for the Coors Brewing Company, Labatt USA and Mike’s Hard Lemonade in a variety of positions covering 26 states during his career. While at Plymouth State, Joe was a four year starting running back for the Panther football team, gaining All-American status in 1985. He graduated with a degree in Business Management. Joe and his wife Jodi live in Auburn, N.H. with their son Joey and daughter Taylor.

Dudek replaces Joan Cook (’69) as Vice Chair. Cook was a founding member of the President’s Council in 2001, has served as Vice Chair since 2004 and will continue to serve on the Council. She will also continue leading the Heritage Society, which has been vital in facilitating alumni donations to the University through estate planning. Stevens said Cook’s efforts on behalf of the University have been impressive.

“Her involvement in the Council through every aspect of the first fundraising campaign and now with ‘Imagine a Way’ has been exemplary,” said Stevens. “We all appreciate Joan’s continued leadership.”

Members of the President’s Council represent alumni from the 1950s through to the 1990s. Some of members attend from as far away as California and Florida. Others live in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine. For more information, visit President’s Council.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or