The William S. Cohen Center for
International Policy and Commerce
In 1996, as he concluded a stellar 24-year career in Congress,
then-Senator Bill Cohen bestowed a great honor and responsibility on The
University of Maine by donating to it his official papers. The donation
coincided with the University's creation of the William S. Cohen Center
for International Policy and Commerce. In 2001, he added to that
impressive historical archive by donating his public papers from his
four years of service as U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Cohen's affiliation to UMaine dates back to 1968, when he taught
business law as a member of the University's business school faculty.
Throughout his public career, he maintained an active interest in
UMaine, returning often and working closely with administrators, faculty
and staff. The establishment of the Cohen Center reflected a shared
interest of both the University and Cohen: to foster understanding of
international policy issues; to use and coordinate the resources of the
University to enhance the international competitiveness of U.S.
businesses; and to make a difference in ways that expand Maine's place
in the global marketplace and economy.
Thanks to Cohen, international figures such as then-Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright and former senator and astronaut John Glenn have
lectured at UMaine, providing perspectives that have enriched the Cohen
Center's leadership role in promoting economic diversity, commerce and
growth. An endowment for support of the Cohen Center is managed by the
University of Maine Foundation.
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