Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, August 13, 2015

A few weeks after the 2014 election, Jim Page, the Chancellor of the University of Maine System, asked me if I would take on the job of creating the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies – a revolutionary initiative that will bring together under one roof the Maine Law School, an MBA program created by merging the two existing programs in Orono and Portland, and the Muskie School of Public Service.

I jumped at the chance. After all, I had first put this idea forward in a January 2009 speech on the reform of public higher education in Maine – the speech that triggered two campaigns for governor.

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