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Pinkerton Academy names new finance director and interim fine arts head

Union Leader Correspondent

July 17. 2018 11:33AM

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy has hired a new finance director and named an interim fine arts department head.

Interim Headmaster Tim Powers hired Peg Bourque to be the school’s finance administrator, according to a news release.

Bourque previously spent 17 years in the finance office of St. Anselm College in Goffstown, most recently as associate vice president for treasury and auxiliary services.

Bourque was one of more than a dozen employees who were laid off from the college in May amid financial difficulties, Powers said in an interview.

“She was part of the RIF they had there,” Powers said.

She has had a wide array of responsibilities during her time there.

“As I contemplated what the next phase of my career would be, finding an institution with a strong mission and sense of community was important to me,” Bourque said in a statement. “The passion and commitment I’ve encountered so far at Pinkerton reaffirms my decision.”

She earned her master’s in business administration at Southern New Hampshire University.

Powers also named band director Mike Adams to be interim head of the fine arts department.

Adams served as director of bands at Pinkerton for the last 14 years and has 31 years of teaching experience.

He is a member of the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and served as its president from 2013 to 2015.

In a statement, Adams said he hopes to make good use of the “world-class” Stockbridge Theatre and help the students to realize the opportunities and assets they have at Pinkerton.

Adams was named one of “50 Band Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2012, and he was also awarded Band Director of the Year by the New Hampshire Band Directors Association in 2004. Powers said he’s excited to bring Adams into the management team.

“Mike’s years of experience and expertise that he has brought to the Band program, in and out of the classroom, will be relied upon to further enhance the robust Fine Arts offerings,” Powers said.

Powers said they will begin the search for a permanent department head after the start of the new school year. If Adams isn’t selected for that position, he would return to his role as band director.

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