Monday, May 4 – 3:00pm-4:00pm – Angus King, former Governor of Maine
“The Educational Imperative: Would you rather own a newspaper or E-Bay?”
Angus King was elected as an independent to the position of Governor of Maine in 1994 in his first run for public office. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine history. Policy focus during his term in office included economic development and job creation, education, mental health services, corrections, land conservation and environmental protection, and improvements in service delivery by state government.
Accomplishments during his term of office included a major rebuild of the state’s mental health and corrections systems, including both program and infrastructure; improvements in the state’s service capability, especially including on-line services; a substantial increase in the state’s commitment to research and development; the largest increase of lands in conservation in the state’s history; and the nationally recognized program to provide a laptop computer to every seventh and eighth grade student in the state, regardless of location or family income, aimed at making Maine’s students the most computer literate in the world.
He is currently involved in several projects, including the role of Distinguished Lecturer, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine; Of Counsel, Bernstein, Shur, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, Portland, Maine; Associate, Leaders LLC, Portland, Maine; Visiting Fellow, Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Commentator, NOW with David Brancaccio (PBS-TV); Principal, Independence Wind, LLC (energy development).
To view a recording of the Keynote: http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/p82248158/