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N.H. Cultural Resources Commissioner Dies

Van McLeod, commissioner of the state Department of Cultural Resources, has died.

McLeod, 70, was serving his sixth term as head of the department, which he led for 24 years. He was the longest-tenured state agency head currently serving.

No details are available on what caused his death.

In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan described McLeod as a "steadfast steward of our cultural and historic resources in the Granite State."

"Van McLeod was a pillar of our cultural and historic institutions, and Tom and I join his family and loved ones, the arts and humanities communities and people across the state in mourning his loss. He was an extraordinary friend to many people and touched the lives of countless others, and he will be missed enormously.”  

McLeod sat down with The Exchange in 2013 to talk about the arts community in New Hampshire.

Tributes are pouring in from across the New Hampshire community Monday morning as news his death spreads.

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.

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