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The University of Maine System Board of Trustees consists of 16 members, 15 of which are appointed by the Governor and approved by the Maine Legislature.
The Maine Commissioner of Education serves as a member ex officio. Members are appointed for a five-year-term and may be reappointed once. A student member of the Board is appointed for a singe two-year term.
Commissioner of Education
Commissioner of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
Appointment expires: ex officio
Samuel W. Collins
5 Heritage Road, Caribou, ME 04736
Sam Collins has led the S.W. Collins Company as President for almost three decades. As President, he has expanded the company from one location to four building material hardware stores, a kitchen and bath design center and a millwork shop. He is also a partner in two real estate development companies. Collins has taken an active leadership role in education, his community and the lumber and building materials industry. He served as chair of the Caribou School Board in the late 90’s and most recently as a co-chair of the Regional School Committee for school consolidation, which resulted in a successful union of three school units.
In his community, Collins has volunteered as chair of the United Way of Aroostook Campaign, as President of Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development, and as President of the Caribou Rotary Club. In addition, Collins serves on the board of directors of MMG Insurance Company and of Aroostook Federal Savings and Loan Association. Rotary International recognizes Collins as a Paul Harris Fellow, an award for community service given.
Equally involved in and passionate about the lumber industry, Collins has served as chair of both the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine and the Northeast Retail Lumber Dealers Association. He is a past chairman and current director of ENAP, a billion dollar building material cooperative buying group that serves dealers primarily in the Eastern half of the US. In 1992, the industry recognized Collins as the Maine Lumber Dealer of the Year.
An avid skier and biker himself, Collins is an advocate of an active lifestyle that is accessible to all. He was instrumental in the construction of the Caribou Ski Building, the Caribou High School tennis courts and the continued existence of the Big Rock Ski Mountain in Mars Hill. Collins has also coached in the Aroostook Youth Basketball League and the Caribou Recreation soccer program.
A resident of Caribou and a graduate of Caribou High School, Collins earned a B.A. in economics and minored in government at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He and his wife, Lise, have four daughters: Tess, Catherine, Laura and Clara.
Appointment effective: 3/24/10
Appointment expires: 5/26/19
Jason E. Coombs
16 Growling Bear Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011
Jason grew up and still resides in Brunswick Maine with his wife and daughter. He joined the Marines in 1990 and is a veteran of the Gulf War as well as the Bosnia conflict. During his time in the Marines, he found joy in working on different humanitarian projects while in Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. After the Marines, he found himself back in Maine as a single, full time dad. Jason decided to attend UMA when his son came home and informed him that he had joined the Marines. Jason is currently majoring in Public Administration with minors in Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Photography and American Studies. Besides being a member of the BOT, Jason also holds positions on the Finance/Facilities/Technology Committee, Academic & Student Affairs Committee and University of Maine Foundation Board. Jason also serves on the UMA Student Conduct Committee. His philanthropy work involves working with nonprofit Bochika based out of Miami Florida. Their focus is women and youth development in Haiti and Colombia. Jason brings a background in business ownership as well as a strong background in organizational management. He enjoys soccer, having played and coached for many years and has an 11 year old daughter who plays for a Seacoast Elite team as a goalie. Street photography is a passion as well as conservation issues that he honed while serving 5 years on the Brunswick Conservation Committee.
Appointment effective: 5/12/16
Appointment expires: 4/30/18
James O. Donnelly
36 Aspen Way, Brewer, ME 04412
Jim joined Bangor Savings Bank in January 2015 as SVP, Director of Retail Delivery. Working with a dynamic team, Jim oversees all retail interaction, including our extensive branch network, retail operations and our Customer Care Center. Jim previously worked for two other banks in his 24 year career in banking. In his last 14 years he worked as the Executive Vice President overseeing Commercial, Business Banking, and Cash Management teams. Jim is a member of our Leadership Committee, Management Loan Committee, and the Asset Liability Committee (ALCO) committees here at Bangor Savings Bank.
Jim has worked in banking since 1991. He started his banking career as a management trainee. He has worked as a teller, new accounts, branch manager, small business relationship manager and a middle market relationship manager before advancing into executive management.
Jim serves on several boards and charitable groups. He serves on the Board of Eastern Maine Health Systems, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Maine System. He is the Chairman of Maine Bankers Legislative Committee, and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America – Mutual Bank Council. He has previously served as chairman of the State Ethics Commission, Chairman of the Loring Development Authority, and Chairman of United Way of Eastern Maine campaign. He has coached youth sports, including little league baseball, and PAL Basketball, in the Brewer area for more than a decade ending his time coaching in 2012.
Jim served in the Maine Legislature from 1991-98. He led his caucus as Minority Leader in the House in the 118th Maine Legislature. Donnelly, the youngest member elected to the 115th Legislature and the Youngest Minority Leader in the Country in the 118th.
Jim lives in Brewer with his wife, Melissa and their three sons. He graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1990 with a BA in Political Science. He is expected to graduate from Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University with his MBA in the fall of 2015. He graduated from the Leadership Maine Program (Gamma class) through the Maine Development Foundation. He has graduated from the New England School of Banking at Williams College and the American Community Banker’s National School for Senior Management at Villanova University.
Appointment effective: 9/30/14
Appointment expires: 5/26/19
James R. Erwin
Pierce Atwood, LLP
Merrill’s Wharf, 254 Commerical Street
Portland, ME 04101
Mr. James Erwin leads Pierce Atwood’s Employment Group. His practice involves the defense of employment discrimination, including retaliation and whistleblower claims, as well as wage-hour claims and class actions, defamation claims, and labor arbitrations. Mr. Erwin counsels healthcare, higher education, and private sector employers on a wide range of workplace issues, conducts training sessions on harassment and other workplace issues, and performs investigations for employers. He also advocates for employers before the Maine State Legislature and administrative agencies on issues of public policy. Before joining Pierce Atwood he served for five years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine. In that capacity he prosecuted homicides statewide and advised multiple state agencies on law enforcement matters. In 1985, Jim was also appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Maine Human Rights Commission, Maine’s Fair Employment Practice commission. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has a B.A from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Jim lives in Yarmouth. He and his wife Eileen have three children.
Appoint effective: 9/6/12
Appointment expires: 5/26/17
Norman L. Fournier
2002 Aroostook Road, Wallagrass, ME 04781
Mr. Norman L. Fournier, a life-long resident of Wallagrass, Maine, is a graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent with a B.S. in Education. He completed forty-five hours of a Doctoral Program in US history at the University of Maine in Orono before being drafted into the army. He is a Vietnam Veteran.
Mr. Fournier is currently Executive Director of Fish River Rural Health (FRRH), a non-profit health care corporation with a $2 million budget and two federally qualified health centers in Eagle Lake and Fort Kent. Prior to joining FRRH in 1999, he was Associate Administrator of Northern Maine Medical Center, the local hospital located in Fort Kent. His career in the health field was preceded by 14 years as Executive Director of the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP), a $9 million, multiservice non-profit corporation operating twenty-two different anti-poverty and community development programs. Previous to that he was Director of Children’s services and Director of the Head Start Program in Aroostook County. Norman has held an elected position as an Aroostook County Commissioner since 1988. Throughout his career he has been on many boards, councils, and committees spanning local, county and state. He has served on the Maine Human Rights Commission, Aroostook County Manpower Planning Board, State Manpower Planning Council, Maine Human Service Council, Private Industry Council of Maine, Maine Commission on Higher Education Governance, SAD#27 School Board and the United Way of Aroostook Board of Directors. He has been involved with the University of Maine at Fort Kent by being a member of its Strategic Planning Committee, Board of Visitors, Foundation Board, and Alumni Association. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee for Northern Maine Development Commission, Local Workforce Investment Board, Maine Primary Care Association, Wallagrass Board of Appeals, Ambulance Services and St. John Vianney Pastoral Council. He is also a trustee for both Northern Maine Medical Center and Northern Maine General.
Norman has been a recipient of several awards including an Honorary PHD from the University of Maine System, Community Action Partner Award from ACAP, Community Recognition Award from Aroostook Mental Health, Outstanding Alumni from University of Maine at Fort Kent, and the Community Service Award from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Norman and his wife, Anne, have two children, Randy and Lynn, and two grandchildren.
Appointment effective: 9/26/07
Appointment expires: 5/26/17
Mark R. Gardner
Sappi Fine Paper North America
255 State Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
Mark Gardner was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America (SFPNA) in 2007 and is responsible for leading all Sappi operations in the region. That same year, he was also appointed to the SFPNA Board. Mark joined Sappi in 1981 and his experience includes serving as the Vice President of Manufacturing and Vice President of Supply Chain. Mark has also worked in a variety of production management roles at Sappi, including Production Manager at the Westbrook Mill, Paper Mill Manager at the Somerset Mill, Managing Director at the Muskegon Mill and Director of Engineering and Manufacturing Technology at the regional head office in Boston. He has a B.S. in Industrial Technology from the University of Southern Maine. In 2009, Mark received the TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)/PIMA (Paper Industry Management Association) Executive of the Year Award. The award is the highest recognition for leadership and management given by PIMA. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Forest & Paper Association. In September 2012, he was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the University of Maine System.
Appointment effective: 9/12/12
Appointment expires: 5/26/17
M. Michelle Hood
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems
43 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, ME 04412
Ms. Michelle Hood became President & CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in April 2006, coming to Maine from Billings, Montana where she was President & CEO of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Systems, Montana Region, as well as the President & CEO of its flagship hospital, St. Vincent Healthcare.
Ms. Hood received her Bachelor of Science in 1978 at Purdue University and her Master of Health Care Administration at Georgia State University in 1981. Her early career included roles of Associate Hospital Director at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, and Chief Administrative Officer of Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
With responsibility to more than 8,000 EMHS employees and a half of a million Maine citizens, Michelle’s primary function is to provide vision – vision that anticipates both advances and obstacles in the complicated and ever-changing landscape of healthcare. Her focus is on health care policy developments at the state and national levels, with a view to the very specific needs and challenges of a vast, rural, and sparsely populated state. With her eye on the horizon, she works to strengthen the economic climate of the state, build a strong and stable network of health care services for a vast geography and make EMHS a great place to work for the many dedicated professionals who make medicine work in rural Maine.
Ms. Hood is helping to strengthen Maine’s ability to provide the best possible health care to everyone in need by recognizing opportunities to capitalize on existing resources, finding ways to fill resource gaps, making connections, and building creative partnerships that work for Maine communities. Ms. Hood and husband, Russell, have two grown children.
Appointment effective: 3/24/10
Appointment expires: 5/26/18
Gregory G. Johnson
Board Vice Chair
60 Shore Road, Harpswell, ME 04079
ADM Gregory “Grog” Johnson, is a native of Westmanland, Maine. He was a 1964 graduate of Caribou High School, 1968 graduate of the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, commissioned in 1969 following Aviation Officer Candidate School, and designated a Naval Aviator in 1970.
Initial sea duty assignments from 1970 to 1986 were in carrier based squadrons flying the A-7E Corsair lI deploying in USS Independence, USS Nimitz, and USS Forrestal. He served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VA-105 deployed with Marine Air Group TWELVE and later embarked in USS Forrestal. In 1988-90 he served as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing SIX (USS Forrestal); and 1994-95 Commander, Carrier Air Wing THREE (USS Dwight D. Eisenhower). Shore duty assignments included: Command and Staff Course, Naval War College (graduating with highest distinction); Systems Analysis Division (OP-96) of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; F/A-18/A-7 Readiness Officer on the staff Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet; Joint Chiefs of Staff as Head of the European Command/Central Command Branch of the Joint Operations Division (JOD), Operations Directorate (J-3); and Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman, General Colin L. Powell.
ADM Johnson was selected for flag rank in February 1995. His initial flag assignment was as the Director of Operations, Plans, and Policy (N3/N5) on the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff. In February 1996, he reported as Commander, Carrier Group EIGHT/USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group where he served until August 1997. In September 1997 he reported as the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. John Hamre, and in May, 1999 was assigned as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, The Honorable William S. Cohen. ADM Johnson assumed command of the U.S. Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe in October 2000. A year later, he reported as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Joint Force Command, Naples where he served from October 2001 through October 2004. He retired from active duty on December 1, 2004. Adm. Johnson’s decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with three Bronze Oak Leafs), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two Gold Stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Gold Stars), NATO Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards. He is the recipient of awards from Bulgaria, France, Hungary, and Italy. In 2004 he was selected to receive the Naval War College’s Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award. In May 2009, his Alma Mater, the University of Maine, awarded ADM (Ret.) Johnson an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.
Upon retiring in Dec 2004, ADM Johnson founded Snow Ridge Associates, which provides strategic advice and counsel. In addition, he serves on several private sector boards and is active in public policy, civic, community, and educational boards and activities. ADM Johnson currently resides in Harpswell, Maine with his wife, Joy Jewett Johnson of Bucksport, Maine.
Appointment effective: 5/11/11
Appointment expires: 5/26/20
Kevin P. McCarthy
Mr. Kevin P. McCarthy is the recently retired Chief Operating Officer of Unum Group and President and CEO of Unum US. In this role, he was responsible for the overall management of the worldwide insurance operations. Mr. McCarthy first joined Unum in 1976, working in field administration, the reinsurance division, a product manager and was subsequently promoted to second vice president, Life and Medical Products in 1982. From 1984 to 1987, he was chief operating officer for General Health, Inc. In 1987, Mr. McCarthy returned to Unum as vice president, Long Term Disability Products and Markets and was named vice president, Long Term Care Markets and Products in 1990. In 1993, Mr. McCarthy joined Unum’s Japan operations and was promoted to President of Unum Japan in 1996, Chairman in 1998, and Senior Vice President of International Operations in the same year. In 2001, McCarthy became Senior Vice President of Underwriting and in 2006 Executive Vice President of Risk Operations for the company
Mr. McCarthy is currently a director of the Davis Foundations, and Maine and Company. Mr. McCarthy has previously been the chairman of the Insurance Subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he was significantly involved in U.S.-Japan bilateral negotiations regarding deregulation and market access. He has previously been a director of MCEE, AHIP and LIMRA International, the International Insurance Council, the Maine International Trade Center, the World Affairs Council, the Portland Museum of Art, the United Way of Greater Portland, the Maine Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Corporator of Maine Health, and Chairman of the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Maine School of Business.
Mr. McCarthy received his degree in business, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine in 1978
Appointment effective: 4/7/09
Appointment expires: 5/26/18
Shawn H. Moody
200 Narragansett Street, Gorham, ME 04038
Mr. Shawn H. Moody is a Maine entrepreneur and former Independent candidate for Governor of Maine. He is the President of Moody’s Collision Centers, an E.S.O.P. company that has been the recipient of numerous state, regional, and international industry awards. In 1977, Mr. Moody, then a senior at Gorham High School, bought a piece of land and built a three bay garage with the vision of providing a service that exceeded customers’ expectations. Mr. Moody has been recognized for his business acumen and strategic planning, his ability to build dynamic and dedicated teams, for his dedication to pro-environmental business practices, and for his unwavering devotion to people and community.
Mr. Moody has served on numerous municipal and business committees including LKQ’s Business Improvement Team, State Farm’s Auto Body Advisory Council, Gorham’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, Transportation and By-pass Committee, and the School/Business Roundtable. His company has been awarded the ARA Gold Seal Award, Governor’s Award for Excellence in Business, DEP Environmental Leader Award, Top 40 Best Places to Work in Maine, Akzo FIT international Award, ABRN Top 10 Shops in the United States, MEMIC Safety Award, 2014 ESOP Company of the Year for the New England Chapter, and in 2013 was the only business in the State of Maine to acquire the Department of Environmental Protection’s Offsite Recycling of Hazardous Waste for Beneficial Reuse permit.
A lifelong resident of Gorham, Maine, Shawn and his wife Chrissi have four children; Danielle, Jim, Ben and Nate, and two grandchildren.
Appointment effective: 4/1/14
Appointment expires: 5/26/18
Bonnie D. Newsom
950 Main Road
Eddington, ME 04428
Bonnie Newsom is President of Nutalket–a Native American owned and operated small business that blends archaeology and heritage preservation consulting with Native American art and jewelry design. Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Newsom served for ten years as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Penobscot Nation. In this capacity, she ensured tribal compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, identified and managed historic properties on tribal lands, consulted with Federal and State agencies relative to historic site protection, participated in public education initiatives and served as the tribal point of contact for all archaeological issues. Other positions she has held include a research archaeology position with Archaeological Research Consultants of Ellsworth, Maine and Assistant Director of the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine.
A strong commitment to public and community service is reflected in Ms. Newsom’s board and committee appointments. Formerly she served as Vice-Chair of the United South and Eastern Tribe’s Culture and Heritage committee. She also served on NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Cultural Resources Working Group, the Abbe Museum Board of Trustees and the Board of the Forest Society of Maine. At present, she is Vice-Chair of the Repatriation Review Committee for the Smithsonian Institution and is a Commissioner on the Maine Indian Tribal State commission.
Ms. Newsom holds a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.S. in Quaternary Studies from the University of Maine. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include the archaeology of the Penobscot River Valley, aboriginal ceramic analysis, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, anthropology and public policy, indigenous archaeologies, and Indigenous rights and intellectual property.
Ms. Newsom is a military veteran and served for six years in the U.S. Army and for an additional six years as a member of the Maine Army National Guard. Currently, she lives in Eddington, Maine with her husband, Les, and two of their four children.
Appointment effective: 6/3/11
Appointment expires: 5/26/16
Theresa A. Sutton
9 Hazeltine Drive, Cumberland, ME 04021
Terry Sutton is the Vice President of Client Success at CashStar, an industry leader in digital gift card technology which is based in Portland. She held multiple executive posts at L.L.Bean over a 20-year career, including senior vice president of corporate marketing and e-commerce, in which she was responsible for $1 billion in sales through LLBean.com and catalog marketing. Immediately prior to joining CashStar, Terry served as the COO at DAVO Technologies, a leading provider of SaaS software that helps small businesses collect, pay and manage state sales tax. Terry currently also serves on the boards of Preble Street, a non-profit tackling homelessness and poverty in Portland and Geiger, a promotional products company based in Lewiston. She is a past Vice Chair of the Maine Math and Science Alliance where she served on the board for 10 years. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Maine program (Omicron class). Terry earned her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed her MBA at Harvard Business School.
Appointment effective: 5/5/16
Appointment expires: 5/26/20
Karl W. Turner
16 Town Landing Road
Cumberland, ME 04110
Honorable Karl Turner earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and continued his academic career there with graduate work in Pulp & Paper Technology. He began his professional career with IBM where he held a variety of management positions. In 1985 he joined Casco Northern Bank (a BankBoston Co.) where he served as Head of Banking Operations/Services; Information Technology; and was President of FirstPay. In 1991, he moved to BankBoston Headquarters where he headed Regulatory Assurance and later was Chief of Staff for the New England Banking Group. He was a principal in a corporate-wide redesign effort that focused on information technology to enhance revenue and root out impediments to organizational efficiencies. In 1999, Senator Turner became the principal of Knight Financial Advisors, an investment advisory. Turner’s community activities have included two terms on the Falmouth Town Council. He coached Little League baseball/softball for six years in Falmouth. He is a long time member of The Maine Audubon Society and was a Trustee for two terms. For many years, he was involved in allocations and campaign activities at United Way. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors for Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and a Board Member of: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute; Hospice of Southern Maine; American Cancer Society – New England Region; and HealthInfoNet. Senator Turner served four terms in the Maine Senate as a member of the 120th – 123rd Legislatures. He has a broad policy prospective having been a member of the Appropriations, Education and Cultural Affairs and HHS Committees. His interests include economic development, healthcare, taxation, energy, education, and organization efficiencies.
Appointment effective: 6/3/11
Appointment expires: 5/26/16