New Plymouth State president named, starts July 31



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PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Donald Birx, the chancellor of Pennsylvania State University's Behrend College, has been chosen to be the next president at Plymouth State University.

Birx will become the university's 15th president on July 31. The University System Board of Trustees voted unanimously to support him after a nationwide search.

At Penn State Behrend, Birx was responsible for the quality of the college's academic programs in teaching, research and service, and its overall operations.

Before that, Birx was vice chancellor and vice president for research for the University of Houston System, where he founded the Center for Industrial Partnerships to translate research to practical applications and increase interplay between businesses and the university's research faculty.

He has degrees in engineering physics, electrical engineering and finance.

Birx succeeds Sara Jayne Steen, president since 2006.

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