Charlie Roscoe


What was your class year and major/minor?

Class of 1966, major in Economics, minors in Sociology and Latin

What is your current job, and city of residence?

Currently President of Schools for Refugees and reside in Portland, Maine. Retired managing partner of BerryDunn, Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors.

Did your academic or extracurricular experience at Bowdoin influence how you are involved in communities now? If yes, how so?

My major in economics and course in accounting at Bowdoin led me to Northeastern Graduate School of Public Accounting, then to a career in public accounting. Much of my community involvement started with being a treasurer and expanded from there. My extra curricular activities, out side of athletics, were exclusively with my fraternity.

In what ways have you been engaged with the community since graduating from Bowdoin (both professionally and personally)?

I have served on many volunteer boards, including Maine Community Foundation, Chair; Maine Handicapped Skiing,(Maine Adaptive Sports) Founder; The Board Network; Maine International Trade Center; Bowdoin College Alumni Council, and Class of 1966 Reunion Chairman; Breakwater School; Portland Country Club, President; Piper Shores Retirement Community, Chairman; Preble Street, Treasurer; Bigalow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Advisory Board; Portland Maine High School Mentoring Alliance, Mentor; Maine Senior Golf Association, Secretary; Yarmouth Historical Society; Yarmouth Planning Board; and Schools for Refugees. Founder and Chairman.

What's been your favorite or most meaningful experience in public service since you graduated?

Founding and leading Schools for Refugees. Since 2010, the organization provides full funding for a primary and nursery school of 700 students in a refugee settlement in Bweyale, Uganda.

Have any unexpected challenges or difficulties related to this work popped up along the way? If so, what did you learn from these challenges?

Each organization has its unique challenges and each required learning about mission and operations and effective governance. Through volunteer experiences, I developed leadership skills which led to success in leading a rapidly growing financial services firm.

What advice do you have for students who want to work for the common good after Bowdoin?

Get involved when you are young. Pick your spots when you can. Get involved in organizations and areas that are of interest to you rather than just those that just present themselves. Be selective and fully immerse in the mission of the organization. Strive for leadership positions.