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April 30, 2007


The University of Maine System Board of Trustees will confer an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree upon Norman L. Fournier at UMFK's 125th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Fournier also will deliver the commencement address to the graduates.

The honorary degree will be conferred upon Fournier by the recommendation of UMFK's President, Dr. Richard W. Cost, and University's faculty.

Currently, Fournier is the executive director for Fish River Rural Health where he is responsible for providing leadership and overall management of the operations of a $2 million non-profit health care corporation with two, federally-qualified health centers.

From 1988-1999, Fournier was the associate administrator for Northern Maine Medical Center. Prior to that, he held various positions for the Aroostook County Action and Head Start programs, including director and executive director of the programs.

Fournier has been involved in countless professional and community activities. Currently, he is a member of the Maine Job Council, appointed to the post by Governor Baldacci; executive committee member for the Northern Maine Development Commission; trustee for Northern Maine Medical Center; member of the local Workforce Investment Board; member of the Maine Primary Care Association; chairman of the Wallagrass Board of Appeals; County Commissioner, District 3, for Aroostook County; trustee of Northern Maine General and a member for ambulance services. He also currently is a member of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors, as well as vice-president of UMFK's Alumni Association.

Norm Fournier has received numerous awards over the years. Included among those are the UMFK Distinguished Service and the Community Service awards, both received in 1997. He also received the Aroostook Mental Health Community Recognition Award in 1999. In 2002 he was awarded the Community Action Partner Award from Aroostook County Action Program.

Norm Fournier was born and raised in Wallagrass, Maine. He attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1967. He later went on for graduate study in United States history at the University of Maine.

Fournier served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971, where he served a one-year term of duty in the Republic of South Vietnam. He resides in Wallagrass with his wife, Anne. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.