Diocesan spokeswoman heading home for job at NMCC

Posted June 21, 2012, at 4:06 p.m.
Last modified June 21, 2012, at 6:06 p.m.
Sue Bernard, spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, listens as Bishop Joseph Gerry speaks with a reporter at the diocese's offices in Portland in June 2001.
Stephen M. Katz | BDN
Sue Bernard, spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, listens as Bishop Joseph Gerry speaks with a reporter at the diocese's offices in Portland in June 2001. Buy Photo

PORTLAND — The woman who has been the voice of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for the past decade is returning to her roots.

Sue Bernard, a Caribou native, announced Thursday that she will assume the position of director of development and college relations for Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.

Bernard is taking over a position once held by Jason Parent. Parent left NMCC in March to become director of advancement at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle.

“It’s with mixed emotions that I leave Portland and all my wonderful, faith-filled colleagues,” Bernard, 55, of Portland said in the release. “It has been both challenging and gratifying work and I’m leaving with a sense of satisfaction that a number of improvements have been made, especially under the leadership of Bishop Malone in terms of transparency with the public, safe environment for children, and the building of cooperation among the laity regarding necessary consolidations. My time here has been a blessing.”

Bernard’s job change coincides with Bishop Richard J. Malone’s move to the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. He is scheduled to be installed as bishop there on Aug. 10.

“I am very pleased to welcome Sue Bernard back home to northern Maine,” Vicki Smith, chairwoman of the NMCC Foundation, said Thursday in a press release. “She brings an array of very valuable experience and will be a tremendous asset to both the college and the foundation board. I am confident that her people skills, experience and abilities will only enhance the momentum at the college as we continue with our 50 years of service celebration and move forward with a very exciting project that will transform the college. I certainly look forward to working with Sue.”

Bernard also said she is excited about the new position and returning home.

“NMCC is a gem in the Community College System that has proven to be an excellent place where students learn vital skills for today’s workplace,” she said in the release. “I’m looking forward to offering my background and enthusiasm to this highly successful college and to the community at large which is exceptionally supportive of the school.”

In addition to her work at the diocese, Bernard spent 20 years as the news director and anchor at WAGM-TV 8, the CBS affiliate in Presque Isle. She had also worked as a news reporter for WCSH Radio in Portland and WITS Radio in Boston.

BDN reporter Jen Lynds contributed to this report.

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