MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias announced that Dr. Joyce Hedlund, retiring president of Washington County Community College in Calais, will deliver the keynote address at UMM’s 101st commencement ceremony in May.
Hedlund began her career as an elementary school teacher in northern Maine before serving in various administrative capacities in higher education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine and Husson College. She joined Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute (now Eastern Maine Community College) in 1987 as a student support services counselor and worked her way up through the ranks, becoming president of the institution in 1994. In 2010, she was named president of Washington County Community College.
Hedlund serves on a number of local, regional, and state boards and organizations including the Calais Rotary Club, Maine Higher Education Council, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Maine’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee, and several economic development councils. She also has been involved with the Community Caring Collaborative in developing a parenting academy, and with the Maine Development Foundation in working to increase higher education attainment.
She is a graduate of Leadership Maine and was the recipient of the 1998 Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award, given by the alumni of the program.
A native of Fort Kent, Hedlund earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Fort Kent State College (now the University of Maine at Fort Kent), and received master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Maine.
Hedlund will retire from WCCC on June 30.
UMM’s commencement will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Frederic A. Reynolds Center. For information about commencement activities, call Michael May at 207 -255-1210.