Introducing the Campaign for the Maine Center

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Campaign for the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center. On March 23, we announced a $1 million gift in support of the Maine Center’s mission from USM alums Bobby Monks and Bonnie Porta. Coupled with support from a new U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, this gift propels us into the final phase of a $7.5 million challenge grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. You can check out our new video, find out how to get involved, and learn more about the impact of this gift on our new Campaign homepage.

About the Maine Center

Located in Portland but serving students and employers statewide, the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center brings together programs in law, business, policy, and public health to train the workforce of the future and grow Maine’s economy. The Maine Center and its affiliated programs develop cross-disciplinary, experiential, and market-driven programming for graduate students in its focus disciplines. We also deliver programming tailored to the evolving needs of Maine’s civic, non-profit, business, and legal communities.

Graduate Programs




Policy &

Public Health


Strategies for Success in Local Government: Data Driven Decision Making

Event date - April 13, 2021

Event title - Strategies for Success in Local Government: Data Driven Decision Making

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Inspired Innovators: How Women Rise

Event date - April 12, 2021

Event title - Inspired Innovators: How Women Rise

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100% Fish

Event date - March 31, 2021

Event title - 100% Fish

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Last summer, thousands of summer internships across the country were cancelled due to COVID-19. Thanks to an anonymous donor, things looked a little different here in Maine. 23 graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in law, business, policy, planning, management, and public health became the inaugural cohort of the Maine Center Graduate Internship Program. We are looking forward to welcoming our next cohort of student interns in Summer 2021.

Launched in 2020, the Visionary Leadership Program helps Maine small business leaders scale up and strengthen their leadership skills. The program is a collaboration between the Maine Center, the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, and Bangor Savings Bank. Meet our inaugural cohort, check out our guest speaker line up, and find out how you can get involved on the program homepage.

The Maine Center podcast

“The Greater Good” explores complex and emerging issues in law, business, and public policy. The podcast features Maine Center-affiliated students, alumni, faculty, and outside guests. Episode topics include information privacy, rural health, immigration law, regulatory compliance, and more. Visit our podcast page to learn more about this project and listen to the episodes.