ORONO, Maine — The son of Gov. John Baldacci will follow in his father’s footsteps and matriculate at the University of Maine this fall.
Baldacci revealed on Friday the college choice of his son, Jack Baldacci, who is a senior at Cony High School in Augusta, during his remarks to the participants in the first Maine Windblade Challenge, which took place in the UMaine Field House.
“We said he could go anywhere he wanted to go, as long as it was in the state of Maine,” John Baldacci said, eliciting laughs from the crowd. “He’ll be coming here this fall, and we’re very excited about that.”
A Bangor native, John Baldacci graduated from UMaine in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in history.
The governor said the quality of the school, its leadership and its status as an economic engine for the state were some of the reasons the family believed UMaine was the right choice for Jack, who is the only child of John and Karen Baldacci.
The expectations will be slightly higher for Jack Baldacci, the governor joked.
“Hopefully he isn’t going to do what his father did when I came here [to] the university,” he said. “I was on the dean’s other list. Hopefully this is all off the record so [Jack Baldacci] won’t read that and then say, ‘You did it, why can’t I do it?’”