Administration & Office Staff

Phone: (603) 535-2210
Fax: (603) 535-2654
Location: The Office of the President is located in the Speare Administration Building, third floor, Room 301

Plymouth State University Leadership

Executive Director of Government Relations and Special Projects

Special Assistant to the President

Office of the President Staff

Pat Bahr, Executive Assistant

PatBahr-3228-Web-EditPat Bahr joined the President’s Office in October, 2012. She manages the President’s calendar and is responsible for communications, office management, and planning for the Office of the President. She also supports the President as a liaison to the USNH Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet, faculty, staff, alumni, and other external organizations.

Pat is an alumna of Iona College, N.Y., with a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Toxicology from St. John’s University, N.Y. Prior to coming to PSU, most recently, Pat was General Manager at South Peak Resort in Lincoln, NH.

You can contact Pat (603) 535-2210 or


Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Executive Director of Government Relations and Special Projects


Marcia Schmidt Blaine is an advocate for higher education and has shifted from purely academic work into administrative challenges, joining the President’s Office in January, 2017. She serves as Executive Director of Government Relations, working with politicians and public servants at the local, state, and national levels in cooperation with the University System of New Hampshire to create better communication and understanding between all entities.

She also works on special projects for the President, connecting multiple offices, departments, committees, and individuals involved in a variety of areas to streamline efforts for maximum efficiency and impact. She is taking the lead on Complete College America and Purpose First initiatives to build partnerships with the community colleges to bring tools that aid in persistence.

Blaine graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA with a B.A. in History.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. She joined the faculty of Plymouth State in 2002.

You may contact Blaine at (603) 535-2347 or