February 26, 2007
AUGUSTA - Governor John Baldacci today nominated Wayne Newell of Princeton to the Board of Trustees for the University of Maine System. Upon confirmation, Newell would be the first Native American to serve on the Board.
“Wayne brings a unique perspective, level of skills and experience to the Board,” Governor Baldacci said. “He will use his talents to promote the University of Maine System and continue its ability to meet the needs of Maine students and the work force in this global economy. The University System is one of the most crucial links to the economic development of Maine now and in generations to come.”
Mr. Newell currently serves as the Director of Bilingual Education. In this position, Newell administers the Native Language and Cultural Program for Indian Township School for grades K-12. He has previously worked as Tribal Planner with the Indian Township Tribal Government and had developed a tribal health delivery system for the tribe. He has held a wide number of appointments which led to a broad range of programs for Native Americans, including the area of education.
Newell received his Masters of Education at Harvard University.
As a newly appointed member of the Board of Trustees, Newell will join the other members to assume responsibility for the overall operation, maintenance, and supervision of the University of Maine System. The Board is the entity that approves the establishment and elimination of academic programs, confers tenure on faculty members, and sets tuition rates and operating budgets.
In addition to this new appointment, Governor Baldacci also announced the reappointment of William D. Johnson to the Board. Johnson, of Saco, has served on the Board for five years. A retiree of Mobil Oil, Johnson remains active in his community. Johnson, a University of Maine graduate, is a former city councilor and mayor of Saco.
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