Organizational Wellness Expert Nancy Puglisi, ’81G, to Address PSU Graduate Commencement May 14

March 23rd, 2011 by Adam

Renowned wellness expert Nancy Puglisi, Ph.D., will address graduates at Plymouth State University’s Graduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14.

Dr. Nancy Puglisi
Dr. Nancy Puglisi is PSU’s College of Graduate Studies 2011 Commencement speaker.

Puglisi is the director of Organizational Wellness at the University System of New Hampshire, which is comprised of the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College. Puglisi, a PSU alumna, said she is honored to offer graduates a commencement message, because they understand the value of education.

“Degrees can open doors into the future,” said Puglisi. “The opportunities that arise and the choices we make combine to create our personal and professional lives. Since my graduation from Plymouth State, my educational preparation and my choices have led to fulfilling, rewarding and satisfying life as an administrator, teacher and public speaker.”

Dr. Puglisi serves as the director of PSU’s Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH) and Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH) programs, and is an adjunct graduate faculty member who teaches courses in PSU’s M.Ed., M.B.A., Ed.D. and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs. She also directs Faculty and Staff Wellness, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and organizational transformation programs for 4,300 faculty and staff members employed by the University System.

“Nancy is one of our success stories and has done a huge amount for the University over the years,” says George Tuthill, interim associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies.“She is emblematic of what we do here in the College of Graduate Studies. She made a dramatic career change with her graduate studies at PSU and ended up in her current position with the University System of New Hampshire, where she has been highly successful.”

Puglisi has also served as a faculty member at Granite State College of the University System of New Hampshire where she received two distinguished teaching awards. In addition, Dr. Puglisi works as a trainer and consultant for various organizations. She is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Promotion Award; the College and University Personnel Association’s Fred C. Ford Award for innovative ideas reflecting ingenuity and a comprehensive understanding of human resource management, and the National Association of the College and University Business Officers’ Award for creating a cost-effective health promotion program. Recently she received the Health Innovative Award presented by New Hampshire Business Review and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for innovative ideas and ongoing focus on employee well-being. This year under her leadership the University System of New Hampshire received the Wellness Council of American Gold Worksite Wellness Award. She continues to strive towards producing resourceful and creative approaches to individual health promotion and organizational wellness. Recently she published a book of poetry, Fishing without a Hook – Catching Moments at Work.

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