The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce has selected Dr. Steve Pound who grew up in Millinocket and now resides in Greenville to receive the Arthur A. Comstock Award. The award recognizes an individual who personifies generous spirit, donating over an extended period of time his or her expertise to improve the economic and quality of opportunities in the Chamber region.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected for the award,” Pound said. He is the associate director for workforce development of the Cianbro Institute for Cianbro Companies.
Pound is a member of the Maine State Board of Education since 2009 and served as its chairman in 2012-2013. He was appointed to the Maine Jobs Council by former governor John Baldacci in 2008 and was reappointed in 2011-2013 by Gov. Paul LePage to what is now called the State Workforce Investment Board.
Pound has served on the National Association of State Boards of Education since 2011 and the Mobilize Eastern Maine Leadership Team Bangor Region from 2009 to 2013. He has also provided time and effort to the Charles A. Dean Hospital Board since 2003; Eastern Maine Healthcare System since 2011; Educate Maine Board; Piscataquis County Economic Development Council; Maine Adult Education Association Board; Maine Employers Initiative Board and as chairman since 2013 of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, which will be located at the Cross Insurance Center.
Pound has been a member of the Tri County Workforce Investment Board since 2007, serving as chairman from 2009 through 2012. The board serves Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock counties regarding workforce development collaborating with business, education, and economic and workforce development.
He has served since 2011 on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Council, established by the Legislature. He was appointed to the council by Gov. Paul LePage. He has been a member of the Eastern Maine Community College President’s Advisory Council since 2007 and also is involved with Penobscot Job Corps.
In addition, since joining Cianbro Companies in 2006, Pound has worked through the Cianbro Institute to provide career development opportunities for Cianbro team members through training and lifelong learning initiatives, including partnering with community colleges, technical schools, career centers, government, business and other entities.
“One does not do volunteer work for awards,” said Pound, who led the Stearns High School basketball team of Millinocket to the State LL title in 1968, averaging 40 points per game. “I do it because I want to make a contribution and to be a part of the community. Exciting things are happening in the Bangor region.”
Pound said that Bangor is becoming a vibrant area because many people attend meetings to give their time and effort to make things happen for the betterment of the community as a whole.
“I am personally acquainted with Arthur Comstock,” Pound said. “It’s an honor to receive an award named for someone I know. “I knew of Arthur from my Millinocket days. Arthur is active in a number of fronts, investing his time and doing remarkable things to make things happen in the Bangor region.”
Pound has more than 35 years of experience in education. He spent much of his career as a teacher and education administrator in England, Quebec City and Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He returned to Maine in 2002 and since then has served as superintendent of schools in Union 60 and as director of Adult and Community Education for the Greenville School Department.
Cianbro, he said, allows him the flexibility to become involved in community endeavors. “Cianbro is very community and education minded,” he said. “The company is a great corporate citizen.”
Of his service to the community, Pound said, “It’s how I give back to a region and state that has given so much to me.”