New Members Join UMM Board of Visitors

MACHIAS, Maine – Four new members have been named to the University of Maine at Machias Board of Visitors. The new board members were formally approved by University of Maine System Board of Trustees on Sunday, May 23, at their meeting in Fort Kent.

Joining UMM’s Board of Visitors are:

  • Tom Boutureira, Executive Director of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy
  • Susan Corbett, founder and CEO/CFO of Axiom Technologies
  • Doug Jones, CEO of Down East Community Hospital
  • Kathleen Shannon, Executive Director of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

The Board of Visitors also elected new officers at its recent annual meeting. James Thompson and Gini King were named chair and vice chair for 2010-2011.

“It is great to see such leadership and involvement in our Board of Visitors,” said UMM President Cynthia Huggins. “Their input is vital as we continue to meet the educational needs of Maine and Washington County. We have a group of hard-working individuals who truly care about our community and our University.”

Six members stepped off the Board, having completed their terms of service.

The UMM Board of Visitors was created in 1999 by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. Its purpose is to advocate and raise private funds for the University; advise the university president on community and regional needs; review for final recommendation to the Board of Trustees all requests for tuition waivers, new academic programs, and the five-year plan for the University; and report to the Board of Trustees its activities over the previous year.

Members of the UMM Board of Visitors are nominated by the university president, and confirmed by the Board of Trustees. Membership may not exceed 20, no more than one-third of the members may be non-Maine residents, and members must demonstrate sensitivity to diversity.

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