|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 4 Summer 2003|
Dear Alumni and Friends of Keene State College,
Spring came late this year, following a winter that just wouldn't end, but it finally arrived in all its glory, with the famous Keene State lilacs in bloom for Commencement. Now, in the midst of a temperate summer, the campus gardens are alive with color under the careful supervision of KSC gardener Chris Feiker.
As the seasons follow one to the next, we have also observed another change of significance to the College community: Following two four-year terms, Bob Mallat Jr. '58 is stepping down as the KSC Alumni Trustee on the Board of the University System of New Hampshire. Our trustees have the important and challenging job of sustaining the vitality of public higher education in New Hampshire, and Bob fulfilled his duties on the Board with exceptional dedication to the College. Those of you who know Bob, know his extraordinary commitment to the College and appreciate how much the College has benefited from his efforts on our behalf. In addition to serving on the Board, he served as vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees for the past three years, contributing to the Board's leadership during a period of significant change and challenge.
At the same time that we honor Bob's service, we acknowledge our new Alumni Trustee, John Moody '71, M'76. John's connection with the Alumni Association started before graduation, when he worked as a student for Fred Barry '36 in the alumni office. John later served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and was its president during the 1977-78 school year. He is the recipient of the Association's Sprague Drenan Award for exceptional support of, and involvement in, alumni activities and events. John is a lifelong educator. He has taught at the elementary school level and held positions as vice-principal, principal, and assistant superintendent, and he is now superintendent of schools in SAU 10, Derry, N.H. Clearly his love of the College and his dedication to education in the state of New Hampshire greatly benefit Keene State in his new role as trustee.
Bob and John are but two examples of the extraordinary cadre of KSC alumni volunteers who work to keep the College and its Alumni Association strong. The College, the University System, and the Alumni Association are fortunate to have such able and committed leaders.