Wallace R. Stevens ’62 Named Graduate Commencement Speaker at PSU

April 27th, 2007 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H. – Wallace R. Stevens ’62, a distinguished alumnus who has dedicated himself to nurturing the continued growth and success of Plymouth State University, will serve as the guest speaker at the College of Graduate Studies commencement exercises.

The graduate commencement will be held Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 10 a.m. in John C. Foley Gymnasium.

Stevens has been a member of the Plymouth State University President’s Council, a group dedicated to raising funds to advance the mission and vision of the University, since its founding in 2001, and is currently chair of the council. He also served on the Presidential Search Committee that selected Dr. Sara Jayne Steen as the 14th president of Plymouth State University.

In addition, Stevens, along with his wife Meredith Bristow Stevens, also a member of the Class of 1962, have given generously to Plymouth over the years and have worked to inspire others to do so, as well.

The couple’s most recent contribution to PSU is the creation of the Stevens-Bristow Endowed Professorship, the first of its kind at Plymouth. “The Stevens-Bristow Endowed Professorship will honor faculty members from any discipline who work in teacher preparation and thus educate the educators,” said President Sara Jayne Steen.

Stevens’ devotion to PSU is inspired by his belief that the education he received from Plymouth put him on a successful career path. After serving in the U.S. Army for three years immediately after graduation, Stevens joined Sylvania Electric as a plant controller. In 1970, he embarked on a long and rewarding career in the seafood industry that would span more than three decades, starting with Booth Fisheries. After 17 years with Booth Fisheries, he joined Ocean Products, Inc., a salmon aquaculture business in Maine, where he served as president. He recently retired as president of Slade Gorton & Co., Inc., one of the nation’s largest seafood marketing and distribution companies.

Throughout his career, Stevens has served on numerous professional organizations and continues to be actively involved in the business community. He is a past chairman of the National Fisheries Institute, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for the seafood industry, and currently serves as president of the American Seafood Distributors Association, which is active in the defense of free and fair trade for seafood products globally. Stevens is also a director of the Newmarket (Mass.) Business Association, a non-profit organization committed to the continued growth of business in the Newmarket area.

For more information on this release, please contact Kevin D. Anderson at kdanderson@plymouth.edu or at (603) 535-2211.