Media Report on Former Professor’s $2M Donation for Scholarships, Professorship

WABI (Channel 5), Bangor Daily News, and WVII (Channel 7) covered a press conference led by Jeffery Mills, University of Maine Foundation president and CEO, announcing a new endowed scholarship fund and political science professorship. The John Mitchell Nickerson Professorship of Political Science and the endowed John M. Nickerson Scholarship Fund were established at the University of Maine Foundation with more than $2 million in gifts from John Nickerson, a University of Maine alumnus and professor emeritus at the University of Maine at Augusta who died in May 2013. The John Mitchell Nickerson Room was also dedicated in North Stevens Hall. “One of the things about Dr. Nickerson he was known for was the fact that he cared for the students, the staff and the faculty,” Mills said. “And he was always very aware of making sure that all of them needed a peaceful place to be able to go. That’s why he wanted to have his room with all of his furnishings he collected around the world here at the Orono campus.”