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UMFK Board of Visitors to meet on campus July 11

July 4, 2003


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors will hear about the progress of the two on-going building construction projects on campus and other developments at the university when they meet on Friday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grindle Conference Room of Cyr Hall.

UMFK President Richard Cost and Vice President for Administration John Murphy will bring the visiting board up to date on construction on the $7 million, 150-bed, 47,595 square foot residence hall, and on a separate $2 million, 7,584 square foot building to house the Acadian Archives.

Both facilities are currently under construction on opposite sides of Pleasant Street on the UMFK campus.

Cost will also update the visitors on state issues such as the University of Maine System data systems conversion to PeopleSoft and national issues in higher education.

Murphy will additionally update board members on work being completed to add a sprinkler system to Powell Hall, one of the two existing residence halls on campus. Similar work was completed last summer on Crocker Hall, the other existing dormitory on campus.

The visitors will hear about progress on a new strategic plan being crafted for UMFK by a committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

In a final agenda item, Melik Khoury, director of admissions, will update the board on the latest enrollment figures for the fall semester.

Board of Visitors President James Thibodeau will welcome two newly appointed members to the board. Rita Cannan of Eagle Lake and Richard Arnold of Madawaska were nominated by President Cost and recently approved by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

Cannan, owner and operator of Bee-Jay's Tavern in Fort Kent, has a long history of public service and community involvement. She has been president of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on Fort Kent's Comprehensive Planning Board.

For the last several years, she has also been president of Fort Kent's International Can-Am Sled Dog Races. Cannan has been the recipient of several awards including Fort Kent's Citizen of the Year, University of Maine Honorary Alumni, and Businesswoman of the Year.

She is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Dalhousie, New Brunswick.

Arnold was recently appointed vice president and manager of Kathadin Paper in East Millinocket, where he is responsible for the former Great Northern Paper Mill's start-up, following Fraser Nexfor parent company Brascan Corporation's buy-out of the shutdown mill. He also oversees the engineering and construction of the pulp mill.

He joined Fraser Papers, Inc. in 1977 in the engineering department. He was promoted to manager of engineering and maintenance in 1995. In 1999 Arnold was promoted to vice president and Madawaska operations manager. He was elected chairman of the board for the Maine Pulp and Paper Association in 2001.

Arnold received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1975 and a masters degree in engineering in 1977 from the University of Maine.