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N.H. Center for Public Policy Studies Director UNH Manchester Commencement Speaker

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Steve Norton, executive director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, will give the keynote address at UNH Manchester's 27th annual commencement.
 
The ceremony will recognize the achievements of more than 250 undergraduate and graduate students who have earned their associates, bachelors, or masters' degree at the university's urban campus in Manchester. The proceedings, the college's first outdoor ceremony held in Manchester's Arms Park in the Millyard at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012.
 
Norton has served as the executive director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies since 2005. The center is a private non-profit and non-partisan think tank whose mission is to enhance and enrich the policy conversations on issues of critical importance to New Hampshire's future. 
 
Prior to joining the center, Norton worked for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, most recently as the state's Medicaid director. Between 1990 and 1998, Norton worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. where he conducted health services research. A native of Gilford, New Hampshire, he now lives in Concord with his family.  In 2008 he was selected as one of New Hampshire's 25 up and coming leaders by Business NH magazine. He is the former chair of the board of the New Hampshire Center for Non-Profits, a member of the Federal Reserve Board's New England Public Policy Advisory board and sits on the Concord, NH Zoning Board.