Plymouth State University has tapped Stephen P. Barba, recently retired co-manager of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, to head its University Relations efforts. Barba will take over as executive director of University Relations at the end of March.
Barba will oversee PSU’s government, community and public relations efforts, serving as spokesperson and ambassador to the University’s various external constituencies. Barba will also facilitate PSU’s communications with cities and towns in New Hampshire, and will work closely with Tim Keefe, the University liaison to the host communities of Plymouth and Holderness. In his position, Barba will also supervise University special events and conferences, and work closely with the directors of development, alumni relations and the Silver Center for the Arts.
“Steve has been an incredible fixture in the state of New Hampshire and, in many respects, is the face of New Hampshire,” said Donald P. Wharton, president of PSU. “Steve possesses an extensive base of knowledge about the state, its leaders and citizens. We are fortunate to welcome Steve to the University’s senior staff. His unique experience will help Plymouth State continue to build upon its strong academic foundation, strengthen our public communications, and broaden our outreach.”
“Plymouth State University is doing great work. I am proud to be joining an institution that sets high expectations for its faculty, staff and students,” said Barba. “PSU has a rich history and I hope to play a role in its future, which looks very bright.”
Barba became co-manager of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch over 30 years ago, and spent 25 years as president and managing partner of the famous resort. He currently serves on the boards of Citizens Bank, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire Community Technical College Foundation, New Hampshire Stories, Inc., The Northern Forest Center and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Barba also sits on the Governor’s Job Corps Center Task Force and serves as a selectman in Dixville.
Barba graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in political science in 1969. In 1971, he completed one year of graduate studies with a teaching assistantship. He is a founding member of the New Hampshire Travel Council and has spent many years as a leader in the area of travel and tourism within the state. In 2003, he was named New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Travel Council in 2001. Highly involved in the governmental process, Barba sat on the Governor’s Commission on the 21st Century, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Education Funding and the Governor’s Task Force on Travel and Tourism.