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Maine Technical College System

News Release
Brian Hamel, President of Loring Development Authority Selected Chair of Maine Community College System Board of Trustees

Wednesday, June 25, 2003
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

AUBURN, Me. — The Board of Trustees of the Maine Technical College System today selected Brian N. Hamel to serve as Chair of the Board for the upcoming year. Hamel is president and CEO of Loring Development Authority in Limestone. Joanna Jones was chosen to serve as Vice Chair. The Board selected the new officers at a meeting this morning at Central Maine Technical College in Auburn.

"It's an honor to serve as Chair at this historic time as we transition our technical colleges to community colleges," said Hamel. "The technical colleges have a proud history of helping generations of Mainers prepare for good careers in our state. I look forward to being part of this system's future as we broaden the mission and expand educational and economic opportunities for our citizens," he said.

Hamel has overseen the development of the Loring Commerce Centre since 1994. Under his leadership, the Centre has become a vibrant business park and represents a model in military base closure development. Mr. Hamel has been honored as Developer of the Year by the National Association of Installation Developers in Washington, D.C., the State of Maine's Champion for Economic Growth by the Maine Development Foundation, and as the Citizen of the Year by the Presque Isle, Maine Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of the MTCS Board of Trustees since 1998, serving as Vice Chair, chair of the Finance Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee.

The new Vice Chair, Joanna Jones, was also appointed to the Board in 1998 and is serving her second four-year term. She is Director of Human Resources at EDC (Educational Development Corporation) and is resident of Waldoboro. She recently served as Chair of the Board's Educational Policy Committee, and is a member of the Executive Committee.

In other action, the Board officially voted to adopt the Maine Community College System name effective July 1st. The vote was largely a legal procedure to assure that all MTCS contracts and other legal documents carry forward under the new Maine Community College System name.

The Board also endorsed a number of new programs at the colleges, including:

  • Central Maine Technical College: Certificate, AS and AAS in education
  • Northern Maine Technical College: AAS in precision metals manufacturing; AS in para-education; and Certificate in surgical technology
  • York County Technical College: AAS in para-education; AAS in business finance (a concentration in the business administration program); and AA in occupational health & safety (a concentration in the liberal studies program)
  • Washington County Technical College: Certificate in health career preparation.