PSU Names Brian Beaudrie to First Endowed Wixson Professorship of Mathematics

February 21st, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-A Plymouth State University mathematics professor dedicated to his students has won the first Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics. Brian Beaudrie has taught at PSU for five years and says he is overwhelmed by the honor.

“I was stunned,” said Beaudrie, who learned of winning the prestigious award in a meeting with PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. “I was taken completely by surprise. There was no expectation whatsoever.”

Retired PSU mathematics faculty 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 to become such excellent faculty.

Beaudrie began teaching at PSU just as the decades-long teaching careers of Ed and Marilyn Wixson were winding down.

“Both were very knowledgeable and dedicated, both were accomplished educators and I was very impressed,” recounts Beaudrie. “I am amazed the Wixsons are donating their time and money to this endowed professorship. Creating this shows so much dedication to the University.”

Ed Wixson said he was happy to hear of Beaudrie’s selection.

“I was very pleased that Brian was the recipient,” said Wixson. “In addition to his excellent teaching, I was impressed by how quickly he became involved with the New Hampshire Impact Center, which provides in-service education for mathematics teachers around the state,” Wixson said. “It is the dedication Brian has shown since being here at PSU that Marilyn and I had in mind for the professorship.”

As the Wixson Professor, Beaudrie 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.

“I hope I can live up to the expectations. I want to make the name proud, really live up to the achievements the Wixsons have made,” Beaudrie said.

With over 40 publications and presentations, Dr. Beaudrie’s scholarly work has focused on the use of technology in math education and preparing elementary school teachers.

Beaudrie’s prior collegiate teaching experience includes an assistant professorship in mathematics at Northern Arizona University as well as teaching mathematics at Winona State University, Montana State University and the University of North Dakota.

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