Environmental Educator Don Hudson to Deliver UMM Commencement Address

Don HudsonMACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias has announced that environmental educator Don Hudson will address graduating seniors at the University’s 99th commencement, on Saturday, May 15.

Hudson is president of the Chewonki Foundation, a non-profit institution located in Wiscasset that runs environmental education programs. He became the head naturalist at Chewonki in 1982 and was appointed president in 1991. He is only the third leader of Chewonki since it was founded as a boys’ camp in 1915, and will retire from his post in July 2010.

Hudson was a founding member of the International Appalachian Trail, the Friends of Baxter State Park, and the Maine Green Campus Consortium. He is currently chair of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Advisory Council. Hudson was appointed by Maine Governor Angus King to the Citizen Advisory Panel for the Decommissioning of Maine Yankee, conducted between 1997 and 2005, and was the public sector representative for Maine to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment in 2001, a position he continues to hold.

During Hudson’s tenure, Chewonki has received the Visionary Award by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment; two Maine Governor’s Awards for outstanding leadership in environmental education, and in sustainable management of natural resources; the Eagle Feather Award from the Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility as the outstanding non-profit organization from the perspective of workplace environment; the Green Choice Award for 2009 from Great Nonprofits; a Climate Champion Award from Clean Air Cool Planet; and other awards and recognition for work in the broad field of conservation and environmental education.

Hudson earned his doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from Indiana University. He received a master’s degree in botany from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in French and environmental studies from Dartmouth College.

Hudson lives with his wife, Phine Ewing, an artist and botanical illustrator, in Arrowsic. They have two sons, Charlie and Reuben.

Hudson will receive the Distinguished Service Award at UMM’s commencement ceremony, which will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, in the Frederic A. Reynolds Center.

For more information about commencement activities at the University of Maine at Machias, please contact Penny Foss at (207) 255-1210.

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