Bangor seminary names 4 trustees

Posted Sept. 22, 2009, at 9:38 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Four new members have joined the Bangor Theological Seminary board of trustees, the Rev. Kent J. Ulery, seminary president, has announced.

Benjamin Haskell of Brewer is executive vice president and academic dean of the New England School of Communications on the Husson University campus where the seminary is located.

Haskell, 64, moved to Bangor in the summer of 1959 at the age of 14, when his father, the Rev. Stanley Haskell, entered the seminary. The minister served the former Mount Desert Larger Parish, United Church of Christ, and was the pastor for the Maine Seacoast Mission before his death about 20 years ago.

Benjamin Haskell’s daughter also graduated from the seminary. The Rev. AbbyLynn Campbell, 36, of Wells is the director of program development at the First Parish Congregational Church, UCC, in Saco.

Haskell said that being the son and father of seminary graduates and working on the same campus where the seminary is located give him a unique perspective on the nearly 200-year-old institution’s needs.

“I understand the needs of students, pastors and the seminary,” he said Tuesday. “I’m hoping [NESCOM] can collaborate to bring more and up-to-date technology to their bag of tools. More and more technology is in every aspect of our life. Pastors coming out of seminary need to have some of those skills.”

Haskell said that NESCOM could help student ministers create and maintain church Web sites and use technology for recording and-or Web casting services. He said that the school’s television studio also would allow seminary students the opportunity to tape their sermons for critiques by themselves, teachers and other students.

He attends Hammond Street Congregational Church, UCC, in Bangor and is chairman of the Proclamation, Identity and Communication Committee of the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ.

The other new seminary trustees are Paul Burlin and Charles Miller both of Portland and the Rev. Phyllis Chaffee of Cape Porpoise.

Burlin, 62, is the founding chairman of the history department at the University of New England in Biddeford. His current research interest is in part in early 19th century missionaries to Hawaii including seminary graduates Daniel Dole and Elias Bond. He has been executive director of the Maine Multiple Sclerosis Society, a management consultant with the U.S. Department of Labor, and a Peace Corps volunteer.

Miller, 62, taught high school at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., and at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Mass., before embarking on an international teaching career. He currently runs the East India Salvage Co. and is founder and director of The Children’s Initiative, a Portland-based organization that helps children in resource-poor areas around the world.

Chaffee, 70, graduated from the University of Michigan and received her master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Her ministry includes service for the National Ministries of the American Baptist Churches-USA and for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board.

Now retired, Chaffee is an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Portland.

All four trustees will serve three-year terms, ending in summer 2012. Trustees may serve a total of three terms.

Founded in 1814, Bangor Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary in the Congregational tradition of the United Church of Christ. Since 1991 the seminary has been a school in two locations with fully accredited campuses in both Bangor and Portland. Its web address is www.bts.edu.

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