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UMM Board of Visitors Elects Officers, Appoints New Members

Added on: July 06, 2012
Tom Boutureira and Blaine Jones
Tom Boutureira, left, and Blaine Jones, right.

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias Board of Visitors recently elected officers, welcomed four new members, and recognized the service of two members who completed their terms at the Board’s annual meeting in June.

UMM alumnus Tom Boutureira, executive director of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, was elected as the new chair. Boutureira has served on the Board of Visitors since May 2010.  He graduated from UMM in 1999 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies.

Blaine Jones, assistant vice president and branch manager of Bangor Savings Bank, was elected as the new vice-chair. Jones joined the Board in May 2008 and also represents the BOV on UMM's Planning and Budget Advisory Committee. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1992 with a B.A. in English, and earned an MBA from Thomas College in 2002.

Two long-term members stepped off the Board after completing the maximum two terms of service. Rev. Gini King, retired pastor of Centre Street Congregational Church and founder of the Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance, and Jack Frost, a 1989 UMM graduate and director of the Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation, served on the Board for six years.

“Gini and Jack have given so much to UMM and the Board of Visitors over the past six years,” said UMM President Dr. Cynthia Huggins. “We are very appreciative of their dedicated service.  They have definitely set the bar high for the new members, and I have no doubt that they will both remain involved in the life of this university.”

During the meeting, President Huggins also introduced four new Board members—Ron Beckwith, Ian Yaffe, Wendy Harrington, and Bonnie Fortini. The new members were approved by the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System earlier this summer.

Beckwith is the superintendent and executive director of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.S. in Environmental Studies.

Yaffe is the executive director of Mano en Mano in Milbridge. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2009 with a degree in Latin American studies and education.

Harrington is the director of Maine Sea Coast Mission’s Downeast Campus. She graduated from Framingham State College in 1990 with a B.S. in Education.

Fortini is the director and coordinator of Machias Adult and Community Education. She graduated from University of Maine in 1965 with a B.S. in Bacteriology.

The Board’s annual retreat, at which they will be joined by new UMS Chancellor James Page, is scheduled for September 7.  Members of the Board of Visitors are responsible for advocating for UMM in various capacities, advising President Huggins on community and regional needs, and reviewing budgetary and long-term plans for recommendation to the UMS Board of Trustees.


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