Plymouth, N.H. –An award-winning Plymouth State graduate and civic volunteer has been named the University’s Director of Alumni Relations. Rodney Ekstrom of Rumney will be responsible for engaging with nearly 30,000 PSU alumni across the world
in maintaining a close and beneficial relationship with Plymouth State. Sally Holland, PSU’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, said Ekstrom’s knowledge and expertise about Plymouth State will serve the University’s alumni well.
“Rodney is an exemplary choice for Director of Alumni Relations,” Holland said. “He has a gift for forging strong relationships with volunteers, colleagues, students, faculty, and staff. His deep experience with creative programming is critical to our long-term planning. And, he is ideal for reaching out to new alumni, so crucial for continuing the momentum and vibrancy of the Alumni Association. I am delighted to have Rodney join the leadership team in University Advancement.”
“My goal is to provide more opportunities for our alumni to connect with each other, our current students, and with the University,” Ekstrom said. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated alumni, and it is a privilege to serve in this role.”
As a key member of the University Advancement team, Ekstrom works in conjunction with the Alumni Association Board of Directors and oversees organizing class reunions and receptions, networking events and assisting with the University’s philanthropic efforts. Ekstrom has been a valued member of the PSU community since he first arrived on campus as a student activities graduate assistant in 2001. Ekstrom then served as a program advisor in the student affairs division, advising students and student organizations and mentoring students. He was also the PSU advisor to PACE, the student programming committee, Spring Fling, The Conning Tower yearbook and Outing Club.
In 2007, Ekstrom was named the Distinguished Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) staff member, a prestigious accolade chosen by his peers. The annual award recognizes comprehensive job knowledge, resourcefulness, leadership on campus committees and participation in professional organizations. In addition, Ekstrom has served the President’s Commission on Diversity, the University Environmental Committee, the Brennan Hart Scholarship Selection Committee and the Plymouth Holiday Parade Committee.
He has taught technical and skill courses in canoeing, rock climbing, winter backcountry travel and challenge course fundamentals and holds certification in many related fields. In 2006 he received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region 1 Outstanding New Professional Award. Off campus, Ekstrom has served the town of Rumney as an officer of the Community Profile Steering Committee, and as a F.A.S.T. Squad and fire department volunteer. He also worked with the Plymouth District Drug Court, serving at-risk and court-referred youth.
His education includes a bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a master’s in Education from Plymouth State’s College of Graduate Studies.
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., or call (603) 535-2775.