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Retiring WCCC President Joyce Hedlund to Deliver Keynote at UMM Commencement

Added on: April 10, 2012
WCCC President Joyce Hedlund
Dr. Joyce Hedlund, retiring
president of Washington County
Community College in Calais.

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias has announced that Dr. Joyce Hedlund, retiring president of Washington County Community College in Calais, will deliver the keynote address at UMM’s 101st commencement ceremony in May.

“Joyce has dedicated her entire career to education,” said UMM President Dr. Cynthia Huggins. “For 25 years, she has served the students of Maine’s community college system, and I feel privileged to have spent the past two years working with her here in Washington County. We are honored that she will be delivering this year’s commencement address.”

Dr. Hedlund began her career as an elementary school teacher in northern Maine before serving in various administrative capacities in higher education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine, and Husson College. She joined Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute (Eastern Maine Community College) in 1987 as a student support services counselor and worked her way up through the ranks, becoming president of the institution in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Hedlund was named president of Washington County Community College.

Dr. Hedlund serves on a number of local, regional, and state boards and organizations including the Calais Rotary Club, Maine Higher Education Council, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Maine’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee, and several economic development councils. She has also been involved with the Community Caring Collaborative in developing a parenting academy, and with the Maine Development Foundation in working to increase higher education attainment.

She is a graduate of Leadership Maine and was the recipient of the 1998 Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award, given by the alumni of the program.

A native of Fort Kent, Dr. Hedlund earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Fort Kent State College (the University of Maine at Fort Kent), and received her master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Maine.

“I started my career in Fort Kent at one of the smallest university campuses,” said Dr. Hedlund. “To be able to bring my career to a whole new level as the commencement speaker at UMM, another small state university campus, is a real honor for me.”

Dr. Hedlund will retire from WCCC on June 30.

UMM’s commencement will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Frederic A. Reynolds Center. For more information about commencement activities, contact Michael May at 255-1210.


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