Virginia Barry Receives Harold E. Hyde Award

May 25th, 2006 by Adam

Ginny Barry at Commencement 2006

Virginia Barry, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Plymouth State University, was astonished at the Commencement ceremony on May 20 when one more award was announced—an award that had not been listed in the program. PSU President Donald P. Wharton surprised Barry with the Harold E. Hyde Award and words of praise for the Provost, which drew a standing ovation from the assembled crowd of students, faculty, families and well-wishers.

President Wharton commended Barry for her long service to Plymouth State and the education profession, citing “your dedication to the cause of improving education in the state, region and nation, and your commitment to making high-quality education a reality for students from preschool through university.” He called her a dedicated and effective teacher and leader, and an academic visionary with intelligence, imagination, resourcefulness and passion, adding that her “unswerving dedication to academic excellence played a key role in the transformation of Plymouth State College to Plymouth State University.”

Dr. Barry said, “The announcement of my name for the Harold E. Hyde Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership was a complete surprise to me! I am deeply touched and humbled to receive this award in recognition of my work in the field of education. It has been my pleasure to work to provide PSU students with quality teaching and programming. It is my sincere expectation that the tradition of excellence that has been established at Plymouth State University will continue to attract students dedicated to their own academic success.”

Harold E. Hyde was the 10th president of Plymouth State, serving from 1951–1977. Under his leadership, Plymouth Teachers College became Plymouth State College in 1963. He led the institution through three decades of both physical and programmatic growth, becoming known as a dean of college presidents. In the tradition of his service, Plymouth State University gives the Harold E. Hyde Award to honor an individual for distinguished educational leadership.

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Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.