For the past five years, Dr. Dennis McGough ’81 M.A. has boarded a plane on five Saturdays each trimester and flown from St. Louis, Mo., to New York to teach a class at UNH. Such dedication — and accumulation of flight miles — might seem unusual to some, particularly because McGough worked full-time as the vice president for a major corporation headquartered in St. Louis while he was teaching the class.
But his dedication to the students in the popular Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program, and his belief that the challenges he was encountering Mondays through Fridays would benefit his students in those Saturday classes, kept him flying.
McGough is retired now, and moving with his wife Donna from St. Louis to his home state of Pennsylvania. Before St. Louis, he had lived in Connecticut for many years, working his way up in the same company and getting his master’s degree in the I/O Psychology Program, then his Ph.D. at Ohio’s Union Institute.
He believes in education, hard work and the value of a good thank-you note, as evidenced by a story he tells about his first job out of college. He had worked at the Brown Shoe Co. while attending the University of Pittsburgh, and upon graduation, wrote the company president a note thanking him for his college employment. “He sent a nice letter back saying, ‘Would you consider working for us?’,” McGough said. McGough took the job.
The University owes him a big thank you as well. McGough has given generous gifts and grants for student scholarships at the University for many years. “I’m an alum, and UNH is my alma mater,” he said. “I think the University does terrific work in the educational arena, and I believe that people have a responsibility to support those things that they think are important.”
Posted Winter 2009