President’s Council to Support College Fundraising

December 18th, 2001 by Adam

Raising money to support Boyd Hall renovation is the focus of Plymouth State College’s newly inaugurated President’s Council. The 17-member Council includes alumni and friends whose mission is “to build endowments, and to raise the resources that will advance the mission and vision of Plymouth State College.” In doing so, the President’s Council will focus on three areas: endowments, capital projects and program support.

At their initial meeting on December 4, the Council agreed their first project should be raising the additional funds needed to complete the Boyd Hall (natural science department) renovation and addition, scheduled to begin in May 2002. While the state legislature’s appropriation will cover the cost of construction, new equipment and furniture will be necessary to enhance the learning environment.

The President’s Council grew out of a conversation between Gene Savage ’58 and President Donald Wharton. Last summer, Wharton invited Savage, Joan Cook ’69, Mike Spinelli Jr. ’68 and Wallace R. Stevens ’62 to form a steering committee, set a philanthropic agenda and recruit fellow alumni and friends for the Council.

“Plymouth State College has made very significant strides forward over the past decade through increased admission standards, better student performance, newly accredited programs, a superior faculty and staff and increased visibility in the northeast,” says President Wharton. “Now we have a unique opportunity to move the institution to greater levels of accomplishment and renown by making our common vision of Plymouth State’s future a reality.”

For Savage, the President’s Council is an opportunity to give something back to Plymouth State. He says, “Both my wife and I went to Plymouth and we often think about how that experience changed our lives. A lot of us have encountered a great deal of success in our careers, and were it not for Plymouth State, we wouldn’t have had the doors open to us that we did.”

Other alumni and friends on the Plymouth State President’s Council are: Bill Belvin, Amherst; Richard Collins, Alton; Steve Edwards ’86, New Richmond, Wis.; Carol Gerken ’67, Meredith; Peter Graham, ’58, North Palm Beach, Fla.; Elizabeth Howard ’72, New York, N.Y.; Jane Learned ’66, Dunbarton; Sid Lovett, Holderness; Bill Marston ’54, Bedford; Carrie Morrow ’81, Shadow Hill, Calif.; Doug O’Brien, Concord; Roberta Stearns ’61, Gorham, Maine; and Scott Tierno ’87, Manchester.