UMFK to pay tributeto former chancellor

Posted May 04, 2010, at 10:36 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — A longtime campus friend will be honored this weekend at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s commencement ceremonies.

The university will award an honorary degree posthumously to former University of Maine System Chancellor Robert L. Woodbury.

“Bob once told me how important he thought the regional campuses were to the university system,” said Richard Cost, UMFK’s president. “I found he had a sweet spot for UMFK.”

Cost recommended that the system’s board of trustees give Woodbury the Doctor of Humane Letters degree a little over a year ago.

Woodbury died last fall, and his wife, Anne, will accept the honor on his behalf, Cost said.

“It’s unusual for the board to award an honorary degree posthumously,” Cost said. “But this one is really special as Bob was a real friend to UMFK and to higher education in Maine.”

Two hundred students will receive degrees at the 128th commencement exercises starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the university’s sports center.

The university also will award its distinguished service award to Douglas Clapp Jr., a Fort Kent Community High School visual arts and theater teacher.

Professor emeritus status will be awarded to Charles Closser, retired UMFK professor of oral communications and performing arts, and to James Killarney, retired professor of psychology and education.

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