New Portland graduate school names board of advisors

PORTLAND, Maine – More than 100 Maine business, legal and public service leaders have joined the newly established Advisory Board for a new graduate school being created in Portland by the University of Maine System.

The Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies, led by former gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, is looking into how the University of Maine School of Law, the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine’s master of business administration programs and potentially USM’s Muskie School of Public Service can better align their programs to meet students’ needs. The Harold Alfond Foundation has contributed $1.75 million to school’s planning process. University of Maine System Chancellor James Page and Cutler, CEO of the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies, released the board list Thursday.

The board will be co-chaired by Hilary Rapkin, a senior vice president at WEX Inc.; Anne Lucey, a senior vice president at CBS Corp.; Miles Theeman, a Lubec native and formerly of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems; and Ray Gauvin, founder of the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative. The board also includes Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors.

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106-member board to shape UMaine System business, law center

PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Maine System this week identified more than 100 Maine business, legal and public service leaders to help create a graduate learning center that brings together business and law programs under one roof.

The system released on Thursday a list of 106 professionals who will form the advisory board of the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies. The center aims to unite the graduate business programs at the system’s campuses in Orono and Portland, the University of Maine School of Law, and potentially the Muskie School of Public Service.

Part of the goal of the center is to build closer ties with the business community and meet the needs of Maine employers and create a program that is more attractive to potential students, system officials have said.

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Eliot Cutler Touts Graduate Center Progress

BANGOR, Maine — The former gubernatorial candidate leading the University of Maine System’s push to start a joint graduate business and law center told the system’s board on Sunday that he’s already sitting down with deans and faculty to figure out what programs the center might offer. “This is an opportunity to innovate and excel, and I’m confident that we can do both,” Eliot Cutler told UMS trustees Sunday, during the first day of its two-day regular meeting. “I don’t yet have all the answers.”

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Eliot Cutler begins work to unify business, law schools in UMaine System The man picked to set up a combined graduate center in Portland plans a focus on real-world student experiences to build skills to meet the needs of Maine employers.

Portland, Maine — The man picked to set up a combined graduate center in Portland plans a focus on real-world student experiences to build skills to meet the needs of Maine employers. Creating a single graduate center to unify the University of Maine System business and law schools will boost the state’s economy and help graduates better prepare for today’s workplace demands, said Eliot Cutler, who was named Wednesday to lead the development of the new center.

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