Plymouth State Alumni Association to Recognize Outstanding Alumni

June 19th, 2007 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The Plymouth State University Alumni Association has selected four members of the Plymouth State community to receive its annual awards this summer.

The individuals, Virginia Dearborn ’46, Eugene Savage ’58, Dana P. Nelson ’69, and Scott A. Tierno ’87 will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, June 23, in the Smith Recital Hall in the Silver Center for the Arts. The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
The world was a drastically different place 60 years ago when Virginia (Deachman) Dearborn ’46 began her teaching career. Harry Truman was the president, a postage stamp cost three cents and the civil rights movement that shook the United States was still 20 years away.

Dearborn spent her entire career teaching in New Hampshire schools in Monroe, Campton, Holderness and Plymouth. She is an active member of the Class of ’46, which created a scholarship endowment fund for undergraduate students majoring in education. These awards are based on academic achievement and financial need with recommendations coming from the education department.

For her unwavering support and dedication to the family we call Plymouth, the Plymouth State University Alumni Association is proud to present the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Service Award to Virginia Dearborn, Class of 1946.

Alumni Achievement Award
Eugene Savage has spent most of his career shaping young lives. For the first nine years of his career, Savage worked in various high schools in both New Hampshire and Vermont, first as a teacher then as a guidance counselor.

He then moved to higher education and served as the dean of admissions at the University of New Hampshire for 14 years before being promoted to the position of vice president for university relations at UNH. His stay in that position was short-lived as he moved up again, this time to vice chancellor for university system relations for USNH. He has also served two terms on the USNH Board of Trustees.

Savage has served his community in various capacities over the years in organizations such as Odyssey House, Inc., Eastern States Exposition, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and the American National Red Cross.

He has served his alma mater as a member of the alumni association board of directors and on the University’s President’s Council. He was also chair of the PSU Presidential Search Committee.

Savage, who holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University in addition to his undergraduate degree from Plymouth State, also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Franklin Pierce College.

He has spent the last 14 years working at Rath, Young & Pignatelli Professional Associates as the senior government relations advisor.

Savage and his wife, Joan, a member of the class of 1956, have three daughters, Deborah, Kathleen and Suzanne.

For his dedication to Plymouth State University, our alumni and the larger community, the PSUAA is proud to present Eugene Savage, Class of 1958, with one of the 2007 Alumni Achievement Awards.

Alumni Achievement Award
Scott Tierno has spent the last ten years working at Southern New Hampshire University in its Student Life department. After spending the first nine years as director of Student Organizations, he was promoted last summer to director of Student Life.

Prior to arriving at SNHU, Tierno spent two years at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., and had a four year stint at Shippensburg University, also in the Keystone State, working in student activities.

A former member of PSU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, he has worked diligently to improve the collegiate experience for numerous students.

“Receiving this award reminds me of the many rewarding and challenging experiences that I have had as a member of the alumni association’s board of directors,” said Tierno. “Being recognized for the part I played in this transformation is both humbling and an honor.”

An active member of his community, Tierno is as a member of the Masonic Lodge and a brother in the Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity.

A resident of Candia, Tierno has served his town well, first as a member of the Master Plan Committee for Candia then as a planning board alternate.

He has given his time graciously to the United Way, spending 1996-2005 as a member of the Manchester Allocations Committee and seven years on the Manchester Community Investment Panel.

Tierno, who also holds a master’s degree in education from Northeastern University in Boston, is married to Annmaria Tierno, who received a master’s from PSU in 1994.

“Without all of us working as a team, the association would not have become the organization it is today.”

For his dedication to Plymouth State University and the larger community, the PSUAA is proud to present Scott Tierno, Class of 1987, with one of the 2007 Alumni Achievement Awards.

Ut Prosim Award
It seems whenever someone is in need, Dana Nelson ’69 is there to offer a helping hand. He has provided scholarships for strangers, used his roofing distribution company to put a roof on the house of a church parishioner and assisted foster families with the needs that come with raising a child.

Nelson, who has multiple sclerosis, helped establish ‘Operation Hope’ to raise money for the establishment of accessible playgrounds for children with their disabilities and their families.

A native of Rumney, N.H., Nelson volunteered to serve in Vietnam and later returned to PSU to complete his academic requirements while working for a lumber company.

Married for 34 years to Lee Richman ’72, Nelson has two daughters, Heather and Stephanie.

For his embodiment of the University’s motto, Ut Prosim, the Plymouth State University Alumni Association is proud to present Dana P. Nelson, Class of 1969, as this year’s recipient of the Ut Prosim Award.

For more information on this release, contact Kevin D. Anderson at or at (603) 535-2211.