One of the highlights of the 2002-03
academic year occurred in May, when former Canadian Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney visited the University of Maine to deliver the fourth
installment of our prestigious William S. Cohen Lecture Series. His
address on the state of Canadian-American relations, speaking as one who
has influenced those cross-border ties as much as any national leader in
recent history, deeply impressed those of us in attendance.
In the days and weeks since the lecture, many people have let me know
that the event made them proud to be associated with a university that
is in a position to offer a program of such quality and importance. It
was a stellar example of the sort of event that connects a university
with its constituents – in our case, the people of Maine.
Mulroney's lecture also served to amplify once again UMaine's special
relationship with former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen. A Bangor
native who once served on our faculty, Cohen is one of the most
distinguished public servants in Maine history. We are grateful for his
work with our William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and
Commerce, and his decision to make UMaine the home for his archive.
With Secretary Cohen's guidance, and the leadership of Dean Daniel Innis
in UMaine's College of Business, Public Policy and Health, the center is
establishing itself as a vital player in Maine's economic development
policy structure. Earlier this year we announced that significant
portions of the Cohen archive are now open to researchers and others
interested in Bill Cohen's remarkable public career.
Events and connections like these are a reflection of the vital role
that UMaine plays in bringing high-profile, global discourse to our
state. More examples of the university's extraordinary contributions –
like the art of James Linehan, the dedicated training in the Rural Nurse
Practitioner Program, and the research of cultural anthropologist James
Acheson – may be found in this edition of UMaine Today.
Peter S. Hoff
UMaine Today Magazine
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