PSU Associate Professor Dr. Thomas R. Boucher Awarded Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics

May 6th, 2011 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
Plymouth State University mathematics professor Thomas R. Boucher has been selected as the recipient of the Ed and Marilyn Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics. The Wixsons, both retired PSU mathematics faculty members, established the professorship in 2009. Dr. Boucher, who has taught at PSU for six years, is the second Wixson professor.

Dr. Thomas Boucher
Plymouth State University mathematics professor Thomas R. Boucher has been selected as the recipient of the Ed and Marilyn Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics.

“It was surprising, but it was a great feeling,” said Dr. Boucher, who learned he had won the award in a call from President Sara Jayne Steen. “I have been working hard, hoping that I would be recognized for what I was doing, but there are a lot of great people here doing some very good work.”

Ed and Marilyn Wixson created the endowed professorship to celebrate and recognize faculty in the Department of Mathematics who are exemplary models of teaching, scholarship and service, or who show strong promise in these areas.

Dr. Boucher began teaching at PSU just as the Wixsons’ long and distinguished teaching careers were winding down.

“I wanted to come here because Plymouth State offered me the freedom to pursue my personal academic interests,” said Dr. Boucher. “There are also many opportunities for collaborating with people on campus. It is a small enough place that it’s easy to keep the lines of communication open, and there are no walls that must be knocked down, as can be the case at larger institutions.”

According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Julie Bernier, Dr. Boucher founded PSU’s Statistical Consulting Center in 2008.

“I am pleased to see Dr. Boucher recognized in this way,” Bernier said.

The Center has assisted a wide variety of academic projects, including helping the Center for the Environment track the movement of nuisance bears, Health and Human Performance gauge risk factors for falling in seniors and developed population models for scientists studying the local loon population.

“This Endowed Professorship will help me improve and extend the services I can offer to the University and its partners,” Dr. Boucher said.

Dr. Boucher, a Campton resident, earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and attained a Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M. He also served as a post doctoral Fellow at Virginia Tech’s Department of Statistics.

As the Wixson Endowed Professor, Dr. Boucher will receive an annual financial award for three years and will be expected to give an inaugural public lecture during the first year of his professorship.

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