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Longtime Employees Frey and Lewis Retire from UMM

Added on: July 19, 2012

Brenda FreyMACHIAS, Maine – Two members of the University of Maine at Machias’ faculty and staff have retired after a combined 55 years of service to the institution.

The month of June marked the departure of longtime UMM employees Brenda Frey, career development coordinator, and Alan Lewis, professor of ecology.

Frey joined UMM in 1987 as assistant director of admissions, and was promoted to associate director of admissions in 1999. After taking a position with the Maine Educational Talent Search program from 2000 to 2004, she returned to UMM as the career development coordinator, the position she held until her retirement last month.

“Brenda is one of those rare gems that you hate to lose, even to a well deserved retirement,” said UMM President Cynthia Huggins. “She graduated from UMM, has worked in several different positions on campus, and is thoroughly and completely dedicated to student success. Brenda's positive impact on this university will continue to be felt for years to come.”

Frey holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UMM.

Alan LewisLewis began teaching at UMaine-Machias in 1978 as associate professor of botany. In 1984 he was promoted to professor of ecology, and in 1989 served as acting associate dean of academic affairs. He chaired the Division of Science and Mathematics from 1978 to 1985, and later the Division of Sciences from 1994 to 1995. During the May 2012 commencement, Lewis was conferred faculty emeritus status.

“Alan has been at the heart of building the science programs at the University of Maine at Machias,” said Stuart Swain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our strong reputation in environmental and biological sciences owes much to his hard work and steadfast devotion to the University and our students.”

While at UMM, Lewis was recognized as a Fulbright Scholar, the Libra Professor of Ecology, and a Trustee Professor of the University of Maine System. He also served on the Maine State Board of Pesticides Control, the Ecological Society of America, and the Downeast Salmon Federation.

Lewis received his bachelor’s degree in general biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine, and his doctorate in plant ecology from Rutgers University.

Frey and Lewis were recognized for their dedicated service at UMM’s annual employee recognition brunch in May.


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