May 28th, 2017

Photo of Jeff Mills, Dr. Buchanan and John DiamondFifteen years ago, alumni and friends celebrated the opening the Buchanan Alumni House. After years of planning and hard work by UMaine alumni leaders, reunion classes and friends, the dream of having “A Place to Call Home” became a reality. With more than 13,000 alumni taking part, the campaign to construct Buchanan Alumni House was the largest in UMaine’s history.
Built and maintained entirely through private monies, Buchanan Alumni House is “home” for more than 100,000 alumni and friends of the university. Since opening, the house has hosted 9,000 events, with over 275,000 attendees and countless numbers of visitors including Dr. Buchanan himself to celebrate his recent 95th birthday.

“The University of Maine is home to some of the most loyal and caring donors I have worked with in my career. They provide a level of excellence at UMaine which would not otherwise be possible, this building is one example of that generosity.”

 – Jeffery N. Mills ’82, PH.D.
President/CEO, University of Maine Foundation
Many of these generous donors, as well as former and current UMaine faculty and staff gathered in the McIntire Room at Buchanan Alumni House in celebration of Dr. Buchanan’s birthday. After heartfelt remarks from UMaine President Susan J. Hunter, John Diamond, President/CEO, UMaine Alumni Association, and Jeff Mills, President/CEO, UMaine Foundation, Dr. Buchanan and his guests enjoyed lobster rolls and blueberry cake for lunch, in honor of his trip to Maine from his home in Colorado.
Joined by his daughter, Lisa, Dr. Buchanan presented another generous gift to Dr. Mills after the signing of “Happy Birthday”, and was then made a recipient of the Triple Crown of Giving pin – one he had not yet added to his collection of giving society pins. Even after all of his generosity, Dr. B still keeps UMaine as a priority – and a place he likes to visit as often as he can.