Monday, May 10, 2021

PSUC alumnus returns to campus after Romney

Joining the staff of the Plattsburgh State Center for Student Involvement for the fall semester, Jacob Avery is excited to be back in Plattsburgh — this time, as a faculty member.

“Best three and a half years of my life,” Avery said about his PSUC experience. “Love the people, seeing familiar faces.”

After graduating from PSUC in 2008 with a B.A. in political science, Avery headed to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, where he graduated in 2011 with his master’s in public administration.

Following his passion for politics, Avery then worked in New Hampshire on the campaigns for Andy Sanborn, who ran for New Hampshire Senate, and Laurie Sanborn, running for state representative.

After former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced his presidential candidacy in 2011, Avery joined the campaign, acting as field director for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

While Avery believes all of his experiences to have been good opportunities, he called his recent work with New York Congressman Richard Hanna his “dream job.”

However, given his positive experience at PSUC as a student, Avery took the opportunity to come back and join the staff in the Center for Student Involvement.

Though he said he believes there is much more positivity in higher education than in politics, he doesn’t foresee this as a permanent departure.

“When you get the bug it’s in you,” Avery said.

PSUC Director of Student Activities Cori Jackson said she is happy to have Avery back on campus, and that he has brought invaluable skills and experience to the program.

One of the projects Avery has been working on is the new online campus event ticketing system, which allows anyone to purchase event tickets electronically.

Looking back over the few short weeks since the semester began, Avery said he is happy.
“Love it. I have enjoyed every second, even more so opening weekend.”

Amanda Belcic contributed to the
reporting of this article.

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