PSU Names Dr. Thad Guldbrandsen Vice Provost for Research and Engagement

August 20th, 2012 by blyndes


Plymouth, N.H. – Dr. Thad Guldbrandsen of Plymouth has been appointed Plymouth State University’s Vice Provost of Research and Engagement. Guldbrandsen previously was the founding director of PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships, and said his newly created position reflects the changing face of PSU’s academic research and service learning priorities.

“Establishing this position is a reflection of PSU’s commitment to regional service and research on behalf of New Hampshire,” said Guldbrandsen. “It has been about a decade since Plymouth State College became Plymouth State University and established the Center for the Environment, the Center for Rural Partnerships and other regionally engaged efforts.  We just keep making progress, and establishing the office of the Vice Provost for Research Engagement is another step in the right direction. I am happy to be a part of such meaningful work.”

According to Dr. Julie Bernier, PSU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Guldbrandsen is an accomplished scholar with extensive administrative experience and was a logical choice to provide leadership and oversight to further the research mission of the university.

“Thad has demonstrated exceptional leadership as the founding Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships and in leading a number of important institutional initiatives.  Bernier said. “ Seeking funding to support the research and creative work of university students and faculty has become increasingly important.  The re-organization in academic affairs and the creation of the Vice Provost of Research and Engagement is an important step in providing support for research and outreach in the region, she said.”  “Thad is well positioned to take on this new role and I am looking forward to working with him to foster research collaboration both on campus and among PSU faculty and appropriate external agencies.”

The Vice Provost for Research and Engagement is responsible for the Office of Sponsored Programs, which administers all external funding, including federal grants, which the University and PSU faculty receive. Additionally, the Vice Provost will oversee the creation and management of Service Learning programs, which will allow students to use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems, and Undergraduate Research, which will support research efforts by integrating the work into the students’ curriculum.

Guldbrandsen, an Alton native, co-authored the award winning book Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics (NYU Press 2007) and several other articles and book chapters on topics related to globalization, local democracy, regionalism, sustainable development, and social inequality. In 2008, he was named as part of the Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” young people who make a difference in New Hampshire and in 2011 he was named Business NH Magazine’s “Young Professional of the Year.”  Before joining PSU, Thad was a member of the anthropology faculty at UNH (2001-2005) and director of the Center for the Study of Community.

He earned a bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, and a doctorate in Anthropology from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

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