In the beginning, there were two groups of Plymouth State employees - the faculty and the operations staff. Generally those in OS positions were the employees of Physical Plant or were departmental/campus secretaries.
The operations staff were part of a union - the State Employees’ Association - which had a different retirement system from the faculty. They were considered state employees with the same retirement package as police officers and teachers.
Prior to officially becoming PATs, PATs had faculty senate voting rights and faculty benefit plans, but did not officially have “faculty” status. We were a group in a sort of “limbo.”
The Residence Hall directors were a segment of this non-classified group of employees that had no status at all. They had no medical benefits and no retirement plan, but they got free classes and a parking space with their name on it. In short, there were a growing number of people that weren’t OS and weren’t faculty, and how they would be classified was of issue.
To address this issue, the PAT classification was created by the University System of NH in 1975, and to have a new group created was significant. The “PATs” (approx. 20 people at the time) were notified to come to a meeting in Boyd 120 to meet with President Hyde, who informed them of this new group being formed called the Professional, Administrative, and Technical staff. Chuck Bailey, the Director of Admissions, was gravely concerned that PATs were going to be removed from the governance structure, where they currently had the opportunity to vote on matters with the faculty. How concerned Chuck was left quite an impression on John P. Clark, Associate Director of Admissions, as a young professional.
There were two factions within this new PAT group:
One faction was primarily concerned with losing their voice and voting privileges.
The other faction wanted to unionize, and they were into labor related issues
What was most important to the former group was to get recognition for the PATs on campus as a valued part of the governance structure. In order to achieve that, John Clark worked to get them involved with campus wide issues.
John would peruse everything that faculty were doing. Whatever was all-campus in nature, John would make sure that the PATs discussed those all-campus items, like the campus calendar scheduling. Meetings were once or twice a month, sometimes with as few as 5 members. After each meeting, John would go to the mimeograph machine and mail the minutes to everyone on campus (approximately 100 people at the time, including faculty, OS, and PATs). It was his effort to gain recognition for the PAT group so that we wouldn’t be marginalized and left without a voice and vote in governance.
The Administrative Council (or some similarly named group) was a very important group that came out all of the constituency transitioning. It was convened around 1975 when President Hyde was still at PSC. Faculty, staff, students, and PATs met once a month in a little lobby in Silver Hall (where the ticket booth is now). This group discussed all campus issues, including curricular issues, and was the means for communicating and gaining clarification on topics of interest to the community.
2016-17 Meeting Schedule
Friday, September 9th, 2016: HUB Hage Room
Friday, October 7th, 2016: HUB Hage Room
Friday, November 4th, 2016: To Be Announced (PAT Storer Award)
Friday, December 2nd, 2016: HUB Hage Room
Friday, January 6th, 2017: HUB Hage Room
Friday, February 3rd, 2017: HUB Hage Room
Friday, March 3rd, 2017: HUB Hage Room
Friday, April 7th, 2017: HUB Hage Room
Friday, May 5th, 2017: To Be Announced (Distinguished PAT Award Presentation)
Friday, June 2nd, 2017: HUB Hage Room
76‑77 ‑ Chuck Bailey
77‑78 ‑ Chuck Bailey
78‑79 ‑ John Clark
79‑80 ‑ John Clark
80‑81 ‑ Barb Fahey
81‑82 ‑ Tim Keefe
82‑83 ‑ Pat Hage
83‑84 ‑ Pat Hage
84‑85 ‑ Tom Whitman
85‑86 ‑ Marlene Stuart
86‑87 ‑ Peter Hart
87‑88 ‑ Peter Hart
88‑89 ‑ Henry Bird
89‑90 ‑ Bonnie Epstein
90‑91 ‑ Sue Palmer
91‑92 ‑ Bob Kroeger
92‑93 ‑ Terri Lessard
93‑94 ‑ Ray Hutchins
94‑95 ‑ Frank Cocchiarella
95‑96 ‑ Pete Cofran
96‑97 ‑ Marianne Hunter
97‑98 ‑ Doug Norris
98-99 – Diane Jeffrey
99-00 – Heather Huckins
00-01 – Frank Cocchiarella
01-02 – Terri Potter
02-03 – Ann Thurston
03-04 – Tom Weeks
04-05 – Deb Tobine
05-06 – Jeff Furlone
06-07 – Joyce Larson
07-08 – Ann Thurston
08-09 – Rodney Ekstrom
09-10 – Joyce Larson
10-11 – Diane Jeffrey
11-12 – Heather Huckins
12 -13 – Kerry Keating
13-14 – Courtney O’Clair
14-15 – Kim Bownes
15-16 – Terri Potter
16-17 – John Scheinman