$7.5M grant awarded for Portland graduate center, media report

The Portland Press Herald, Maine Public, Bangor Daily News, MainebizWVOM Voice of Maine, Philanthropy News Digest (PND), WCSH (Channel 6 in Portland), WABI (Channel 5) and WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) reported the Harold Alfond Foundation is giving a $7.5 million challenge grant to the University of Maine System for its new Portland-based graduate center. The center plans to house the University of Maine School of Law, a new MBA program that replaces separate graduate business programs operating at USM and UMaine, and the graduate programs in public health, as well as public policy and management, which now operate at the Muskie School of Public Service at USM. It also will house the Cutler Institute for Health and Policy, which is the research arm of USM, the Press Herald reported. “This is a momentous day. This initiative has the potential to benefit the entire state,” said UMaine President Susan J. Hunter. “It isn’t easy to be working toward a future that is not in sharp focus. But it is absolutely the right thing to do.”