February 1, 2002
Designed to ensure that Maine's next Governor will have a true understanding of issues facing the St. John Valley and in particular the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Interim President Donald Zillman is inviting four of Maine's Gubernatorial Candidates to visit the campus in the coming months.
The first such visit, by Independent candidate and former Central Maine Power Company CEO and President David Flanagan of Augusta is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the UMFK president's residence on Pleasant Street.
Flanagan, who led CMP from 1994 through 2000, also served as chief legal counsel during Governor Joseph Brennan's first administration and as assistant attorney general.
A native of Bangor, Flanagan has lived and worked in Maine all his life, and has played leadership roles in important community organizations that help children, spur economic growth, and improve the educational system.
He led CMP through six tumultuous years, including through Maine's greatest natural disaster, the Ice Storm of 1998.
When he left the utility company in 2000, customer satisfaction more than doubled from 44 percent in 1994 to 92 percent in 2000.
As Governor Brennan's chief legal counsel, Flanagan oversaw major economic development initiatives, including the expansion of Bath Iron Works.
He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in 1969, and went on to attend the University of London, King's College, where he received an M.A. in 1970. He received his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1973.
The reception and dinner for Flanagan at the residence of Interim President Zillman and his wife Linda is limited to the first 25 individuals who contact the president's office. Those interested in attending must contact Naomi Nicolas at 834-7504.
Other Gubernatorial Candidates invited to visit UMFK in the coming months are Democrat John Baldacci, and Republicans Peter Cianchette and Jim Libby.