- Associated Press - Sunday, January 25, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker.

Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who taught at an earlier incarnation of the school. The award recognizes New Englanders whose service exemplifies Frost’s values of individuality, hard work, humanitarianism and devotion to the country he described as “north of Boston.”

More than 400 people are expected to attend the ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester Jan. 27. Featured speaker is veteran Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino.

Lucchino has been president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox since 2001. Prior to joining the Red Sox, he served as president and CEO of the Baltimore Orioles, and later, the San Diego Padres.

“Both Governor Lynch and Mr. Lucchino perfectly reflect Robert Frost’s values,” said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. “We anticipate a memorable evening celebrating accomplishments that reflect individuality, hard work, and humanitarianism.”

At Lynch’s request, Plymouth State University officials say, all proceeds from the ceremony will fund PSU scholarships for deserving New Hampshire students through PSU’s Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Steen said the response to- and expected turnout at - the awards ceremony is ” a powerful reflection of the universal, bi-partisan respect for John’s work and his lifelong commitment to the state.”

Lynch was governor from January 2005 until January 2013. He was elected to a historic fourth term in 2010.

More information is available and tickets may be purchased at https://go.plymouth.edu/rfcaa .

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