UMaine System graduate center gets boost from Alfond Foundation grant

From the Bangor Daily News, March 10, 2016.

By Nick McCrea

PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Maine System has received a $500,000 grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation to continue its push to bring the system’s graduate programs in law, business and public service under the same roof.

The new gift brings the total provided by the Alfond Foundation toward the initiative to more than $2 million. The latest contribution is meant to fund the “continued strategic development” of the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies, according to a system news release.

 “This is an exciting vote of confidence in the hard work that the deans and faculty have been doing for nearly a year to bring this important project into being,” said Eliot Cutler, the former Maine gubernatorial candidate hired as the center’s founding CEO. “We have a long way to go, but this grant gives the university system and my office additional assurance that the Alfond Foundation understands the groundbreaking significance of this initiative and the critical contribution it will make to the Maine economy.”

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Harold Alfond Foundation Grants Continued Development Funding

PORTLAND, Maine – University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced today that the Harold Alfond Foundation has approved a follow-on grant of $500,000 to fund continued strategic development of the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies.

The Maine Center Initiative was launched in 2015 tobring together under one roof University of Maine System graduate programs in law, business and public service. The Center will be a model for entrepreneurial, multi-disciplinary professional education and will help drive statewide workforce and economic development.

Maine Center CEO Eliot Cutler thanked the Foundation for its continued support.

“This is an exciting vote of confidence in the hard work that the deans and faculty have been doing for nearly a year to bring this important project into being,” said Cutler. “We have a long way to go, but this grant gives the University System and my office additional assurance that the Alfond Foundation understands the ground-breaking significance of this initiative and the critical contribution it will make to the Maine economy.”

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