PLYMOUTH, NH -- Former Plymouth State University president, Donald Wharton of Landaff, N.H., has been honored with the Harold E. Hyde Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. Wharton was the 13th president of Plymouth State, serving from 1993 to 2006. During his tenure he successfully advocated to change the name of the institution from Plymouth State College to Plymouth State University, reflecting the expanded range and depth of its educational opportunities. His successor, Sara Jayne Steen, said Wharton's legacy is one of leadership and accomplishment.
"Don Wharton saw that the campus could be enhanced, both programmatically and physically," Steen said, "and he created a team to help him do that. He succeeded in making the campus a university in fact as well as in name. I am proud to have been his successor and to acknowledge his role in making Plymouth State University the campus I love."