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Granite State College Presents Victor Montana Award to Ty Gagne, CEO of Primex and Former Holderness Chief of Police

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Granite State College Presents Victor Montana Award to Ty Gagne, CEO of Primex and Former Holderness Chief of Police

Concord, NH – Granite State College (GSC) has presented the 2010 Victor Montana Award to Ty Gagne, CEO of Primex, and a graduate of GSC.

The award, named for Dr. Victor Montana, president of the college between 1990 and 2001, is given each year to a graduate who personifies Dr. Montana's positive spirit and love of learning, and has demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning, community service in his or her chosen profession.

The award was presented on Sunday, May 16 at GSC’s honors and awards ceremony at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Gagne graduated from Granite State College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1996 and received his Masters in Public Administration from UNH in 2002. He completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in June 2008 and has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Granite State College since 2004.

Gagne served as the Chief of Police in Holderness from 1993 to 1998 and in October of 2008, became the Chief Executive Officer at Primex3 of Concord, a public entity risk pool organized and operating as a trust on behalf of member municipalities, schools, counties and other governmental entities.

“It’s humbling to be recognized by Granite State College, when in fact the college itself has been one of the core factors in providing me with the inspiration and knowledge for anything I may have achieved over time,” said Gagne. “I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from my family, and those in my personal and professional life who have provided me with the opportunity to continuously learn and grow as a person. There are a number of alumni who are leveraging their GSC experience to do great things for their communities and places of work, New Hampshire is lucky to have them and an institution like Granite State College that helps adult learners reach for their dreams and aspirations.”

For nearly two decades, Gagne served on the Board of Directors for First Star Tonight, a program serving the chronically and terminally ill children and young adults in the Pemi-Baker Valley.  Currently, he serves on the Professional Development & Mentoring Committee for the Association of Governmental Risk Pools and the Granite State College Presidential Search Committee. He was Chairman of the Holderness School District School Board from 1994 to 2000, and has served on the State of NH Board of Architects since 2007 and the National Association of Government Entity Programs Board of Directors from since 2009.

Granite State College is one of the four University System of New Hampshire institutions and serves over 3,500 students statewide and beyond. GSC proudly delivers practical and relevant education in the classroom and online, offering associate and bachelor degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and a variety of transfer opportunities. GSC is committed to empowering and educating students throughout New Hampshire.