During a recent tribute dinner for University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter, University of Maine Foundation Board Chair Kurt R. Marston joined Foundation President/CEO Jeffery N. Mills in presenting Dr. Hunter a certificate acknowledging over $133,000 raised in her honor. As a tribute to her leadership and as an integral part of UMaine’s Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign, donors, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family donated in her honor as Dr. Hunter had declined a traditional retirement party. Instead, she agreed to a fundraising effort to support the top priorities of UMaine’s $200 million Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign — scholarships and the Engineering Education and Design Center.
Mills began the fundraising effort by naming two new Foundation funds in her honor: the President Susan J. Hunter Maine Top Scholars Scholarship and the President Susan J. Hunter Engineering and Education Design Center Fund. The scholarship is an endowed scholarship that will provide annual support to UMaine students from Maine who excel academically. The second fund will provide a naming gift for a space in the new engineering facility. Donors were happy to support both the campaign and President Hunter’s legacy, said Mills.