With record enrollment, significant progress in our fundraising
campaign and a sparkling new recreation center now online, this is an
exciting time at the University of Maine. These developments give us
reason to feel good about the current state of the university, and they
inspire us to look toward the future with great anticipation.
For the past several months, I have been involved in helping lead
"Fighting for Maine's Future," an advocacy group that, among other
things, is promoting passage of Question 2 and Question 3, two bond
measures that will appear on Maine's Nov. 6 ballot. Question 2 would
create a $55 million R&D funding pool and a mechanism through which
UMaine researchers could compete for funds to support research projects
that will drive statewide economic development. State investment in
UMaine research has paid off in a big way over the past several years,
with our researchers bringing in five dollars of outside funding for
every dollar of state R&D funding. Question 3 is a capital
infrastructure bond, with $11.3 million to fund classroom and laboratory
upgrades on our campus in Orono.
While I recognize that many UMaine Today readers live outside our
state, I believe that initiatives like these are critical to helping
UMaine fulfill its unique and vital role.
As we have seen many times in recent history, UMaine uses voter-approved
bond funding to enhance the university’s role in improving Maine's
economy and quality of life. In partnership with people and
organizations all around Maine, UMaine uses opportunities like these to
strengthen Maine educationally, economically and culturally. I know of
nothing on the horizon that is more important to our state and our
university than the opportunity that lies before us on Nov. 6.
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