Kathy J. Olmstead
Kathryn Olmstead. served 25 years on the journalism faculty of the University of Maine in Orono, the last six as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, she earned a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a master of arts in English and education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She published Echoes magazine, a quarterly journal of rural culture based in Caribou, Maine, from 1988 to 2017, and wrote a biweekly column for the Bangor Daily News. Before joining the UMaine faculty she served as district representative for US Senator Bill Cohen, was a correspondent for the Bangor Daily News, editor of the Aroostook Republican weekly newspaper in Caribou, and a free-lance agricultural journalist for regional and national newspapers in Vermont and Kansas. She taught English at Wauwatosa East High School in Wisconsin and English and journalism at Concord High School in New Hampshire before moving to Maine in 1974. She represents the UMaine System on the board of Maine Public (Boadcasting), the executive committee of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center and the University of Maine Board of Visitors.