Executive Committee and Patrons Circle

The Center’s Executive Committee is a standing committee constituted of University of Maine alumni and friends invested in advancing the McGillicuddy Humanities Center’s mission.

Executive Committee Co-Chairs

Kathryn Olmstead, associate professor emerita in Communication and Journalism, UMaine; former columnist for the Bangor Daily News (BDN), and editor/publisher/co-founder of Echoes magazine (based in Caribou, Maine), and Member, University of Maine Board of Visitors

Henry L.P. Schmelzer ’65, former Chair, Maine Public Broadcasting (MPBN) Board of Trustees; former President and CEO, Maine Community Foundation


H. Allen Fernald ’54 and Sally Fernald, ’55, Campaign Co-Chairs and
owner/publishers of Down East Magazine
LeeEllen Friedland, President, Ethnologica
Philip Hamilton ’85, Managing Partner, Diablo Vista Capital, LLC
Brian Naylor ’79, Washington Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)
Sandra Peters ’69, Educator (retired)
Lauren A. Sterling, Philanthropy Consultant
Dr. David A. Taylor ’74, External Relations and Program Development Officer for the Library of Congress
John K. Veroneau, ’83, Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP

Ex Officio

Emily Haddad, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Maine
Jeffrey Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Maine

Patrons Circle 

Patrons provide an annual gift of $1,000 in support of MHC initiatives.

William D. Adams and Lauren A. Sterling
Constance H. Babcock
Mary Bok
Mark and Anne Cressey
Matthew G. Dunlap and Michelle Ann Dunphy
Virginia Nees-Hatlen
Gregory G. Johnson, Founding Member
Barbara B. Keast
Parker S. Laite Jr. and Nancy L. Laite
Celeste A. Ringuette
Judith B. Rowan
Matthew D. Smyth
Robert M. Swan and Jean W. Swan
A. Lowell Watson and Cynthia J. Watson