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April 30, 2010


The late Robert L. Woodbury, a former chancellor of the University of Maine System, will posthumously receive an honorary degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent during its 128th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 1 p.m. in the University’s Sports Center.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees will confer a Doctor of Humane Letters degree upon Dr. Woodbury through the recommendation of UMFK President, Dr. Richard W. Cost, and the University’s faculty.
Fort Kent Community High School visual arts and theater teacher, Douglas S. Clapp, Jr., will receive UMFK’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his years of service to the University, as well as to the greater Fort Kent community.
The title, Professor Emeritus, will be bestowed upon two retired UMFK professors during commencement ceremonies: Professor of Oral Communications and Performing Arts, Charles Closser, and Professor of Psychology and Education, James Killarney.
Two hundred students will receive degrees at the 128th commencement exercises at the University of Maine at Fort Kent next Saturday, May 8, 2010 in the University’s Sports Center. University President Dr. Richard W. Cost will preside over the ceremonies.
Editor’s Note: Biographies of Dr. Robert L. Woodbury and Douglas S.
Clapp, Jr. are attached.
Dr. Robert L. Woodbury -- Honorary Degree (Posthumously)
Robert Louis Woodbury served as chancellor of the University of Maine System from 1986 to 1993 and again in 1995. Prior to that, he was president of the University of Southern Maine.
Dr. Woodbury graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  He later earned a Masters of Arts and a Ph.D., both in American Studies, from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Woodbury began his career as an instructor of U.S. History at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California in 1964.  Dr. Woodbury served the University of Massachusetts/Amherst from 1968 to 1978. He later came to Maine in 1979 to serve as president of the University of Southern Maine in Portland for seven years.
Dr. Woodbury traveled and lectured throughout the United States, China and Europe. He did a speaking tour in Vienna, Budapest, and Brussels on “Higher Education and Politics.” He published articles on urban education, higher education, and on American culture and politics.
As Chancellor, Dr. Woodbury was a strong advocate for the total system, as a champion and advocate for the smaller regional campuses, as well as for the larger research universities.
Dr. Woodbury was a strong, lifelong supporter and friend of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Douglas S. Clapp, Jr. -- Distinguished Service Award
Douglas Stanley Clapp, Jr. was born and raised in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Wakefield Memorial High School in Wakefield, Massachusetts in 1969. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  
Doug later completed his teacher certification through the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Currently enrolled in the University of Southern Maine’s Outreach Master’s Program, Doug is scheduled to receive a Master’s degree in spring 2011.
Doug began his teaching career at Maine School Administrative District 33 in the fall of 1985, where he taught for thirteen years and first directed a theater program. He was a finalist for the Maine Department of Education Teacher of the Year in 1995.
Doug began directing theater programs at Wisdom High School in St. Agatha, Maine in 1988.  The first performance of a Doug Clapp script -- an adaptation of “The Three Musketeers” -- occurred in 1990.  To date, he has written seven, one-act plays; three adaptations; six, full-length plays; and six musicals.
Under his leadership, Fort Kent’s Community High School Drama Team has won the Maine Principals Association’s regional award in six of the last eight years, including four times with Doug’s original scripts.
Doug has collaborated with several current and former UMFK dramatic and musical faculty members, including Charles Closser, Scott Brickman and Joe Zubrick.