PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Steve Barba, Plymouth State University’s executive director of university relations, has been named one of the state’s top 25 newsmakers by New Hampshire Public Radio.
“’The Exchange’s’ 25-in-25 series is a vehicle for NHPR to celebrate its 25th Birthday,” said show host Laura Knoy. “Through some of the key people who’ve shaped our state over the past quarter century. We selected the 25 through a tough process of listener contributions, a special committee here at the station, and our own research.”
Barba’s interview aired on NHPR March 21. To listen to the interview, click on: http://www.nhpr.org/taxonomy/term/15001.
Having worked at The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, NH in a variety of capacities for over 47 years—he started as a caddy and ultimately became general manager in 1971—Barba established himself as a fixture in the North Country. His name is synonymous with tourism in New Hampshire.
“Steve Barba was selected because of his long involvement with N.H. tourism, and his embodiment of N.H. hospitality,” Knoy added. “He’s also widely recognized as someone who looks out for the broader interests of the Granite State – serving in a number of capacities on a number of issues outside his profession.”
From 1972 to 2004, along with his Dixville Notch neighbors, Barba participated in every presidential primary and election as one of the twenty or so first-in-the-nation midnight voters – an American tradition.
In the spring of 2006 Barba accepted a senior cabinet post with Plymouth State University as executive director of University Relations.
“I’ve been privileged to have only two jobs in my life,” Barba said. “One for 48 years at the BALSAMS, a historic destination resort, and the other at Plymouth State University, a history-making university.”