Professor Nominated to Serve as Alternate on SEC

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CONCORD - Continuing her efforts to ensure that the siting process for potential energy projects in New Hampshire is fair and balanced, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she will nominate Rachel Whitaker of Dummer to serve as an alternate member of the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) at an upcoming Governor and Council meeting. The Executive Council must approve the nomination.

Governor Hassan will nominate Whitaker, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at White Mountains Community College (WMCC), to serve a four-year term as the SEC’s alternate public member.

“The new makeup of the Site Evaluation Committee is critical to ensuring that the siting process for new energy projects is impartial, balanced and includes perspectives of all stakeholders,” Governor Hassan said. “Rachel Whitaker brings varied experiences in environmental sciences and programs that will help her represent the public’s interest with an open and fair-minded approach to each potential project, and I thank her for her commitment to undertaking this important work.”

Whitaker has been Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at WMCC since August 2013 and also taught various science courses at Plymouth State University from September 2009 to May 2011 and as a member of the school’s adjunct faculty from January 2012 to January 2013. She has also served as the program coordinator for natural resources management at WMCC and as fisheries biological technician for New Hampshire Fish and Game, and she assists with the operation of her family’s logging business, Dandeneau Logging in Dummer. Whitaker received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Lyndon State College and her M.S. in Biology from Plymouth State University.

In November, the Governor nominated Patricia Weathersby of Rye to the SEC’s slot for a member of the New Hampshire bar and Roger Hawk of Concord to the public member position on the SEC. The Executive Council will vote on those nominations.