September 30, 2005
The University of Maine at Fort Kent campus community is welcoming a new faculty member and two new staff members.
Joining the faculty as lecturer of math education is Paul Grant.
Grant received his master's in education at Rutgers-The State University in New Jersey and earned his bachelor's degree in education at the University of Maine at Orono.
Prior to taking the position, Grant taught for Maine School Administrative District 27 in Fort Kent for over 35 years, ending his career as high school principal at the Community High School in Fort Kent in 2004.
Joining the professional staff is Andrew Marquis.
Marquis has been appointed to the position of assistant in the forestry and environmental studies program.
He received both a bachelor of science degree in public safety administration and an associate degree in forest technology at UMFK.
Prior to joining the staff at UMFK, he was employed by Irving Woodlands, LLC in Ashland Maine as a low bed operator.
Marquis was awarded the UMFK Outstanding Senior Award by the UMFK Alumni Association in 2003.
Debra Durkin has joined the classified staff.
Durkin received her bachelor's degree in university studies at UMFK and earned an associate's degree in liberal arts at Manchester Community College in Connecticut.
Prior to joining the campus community, she was employed by Pelletier Florist in Fort Kent as a floral designer and has worked on the editorial staff at the St. John Valley Times.
Durkin is also co-owner of Toffee Break, a business which produces gourmet English toffee that is marketed locally and throughout the country, and owner of Woodland Fibers, a home-based fiber arts studio.