Preserving and promoting the legacy of the Fulbright story in Maine and beyond

Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Brief Historical Summary

From our inception, the mission of the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association has been to preserve the legacy of J. William Fulbright by promoting opportunities for life-long learning, collaborative networking, and service involving international educational and cultural exchanges.

The roots of the Maine Chapter extend back to 2006 when Maine Fulbrighters proposed forming a state chapter, and June 16, 2007, when the Chapter became officially affiliated at the national Fulbright Association’s Board of Directors meeting.

Founding Board Members, Maine Chapter:

Karen Boucias—University of Maine
Ann Cohen – St. Joseph’s College (Secretary)
Suzanne Crawford – Bowling Green State University (Treas)
Dorothy Klimis-Zacas—University of Maine
Cindy Lahar-York County Community College
Rob Lively – University of Maine at Farmington
Peter L. Murray—Harvard Law School
Beth Richardson--St. Joseph’s College (President)
Esther Taylor—Orono High School
Erika Waters – University of Southern Maine

Victoria Murphy, former member of the Fulbright Commission in Washington DC, functioned as an external advisor.

We have sought to offer a variety of programs around the state: informing Fulbrighters of our existence; encouraging them to join the Association; reaching out to faculty and students who have shown interest in applying for a Fulbright; and welcoming our international Fulbright visitors. We have heard Fulbrighters’ stories from students and faculty, enjoyed excellent presentations by Fulbrighters and non-Fulbrighters, and had fun along the way—including attending a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game and going on sails on the Maine Maritime Academy’s arctic schooner the “Bowdoin,” the official vessel of the State of Maine.