PLYMOUTH, N.H. Dr. Virginia Barry, chair of the education department, has been selected as
the new president for academic affairs at Plymouth State College. PSC President Donald
Wharton made the announcement, noting Barrys appointment will be effective August 1
following approval by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee recommended Barry for the post
following a system-wide internal search. She will replace current Dean of the College Robin
Bowers who is returning to teaching.
I look forward to working with faculty and students engaged as a community of learners,
says Barry. I know the faculty and their concerns, and will be in a position to be sensitive to
the things people would like to see happen.
Barry has been part of the PSC community since 1979. She is a tenured, full professor and has
served as chair of the education department since 1997. 1n 1985, Barry was selected by her
colleagues and students to receive the PSC Distinguished Teaching Award. Her primary
research interests are early childhood and cognitive development. She has numerous refereed
publications and presentations, and is the author of several state, federal and corporate
Barrys research for the New York State Department of Health Primary Care Initiative Grant and
Partnerships for Quality Medical Education has earned her national recognition. Additionally, her
professional relationships with the New Hampshire Department of Education and the State
Board of Education are reflective of her commitment to academic and administrative
I know Dr. Barry will bring that same high level of energy, enthusiasm and leadership to the
office of the vice president for academic affairs, says President Wharton.