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Bill Gardiner Announces Plans to Retire June 30

Story posted January 11, 2002

William S. Gardiner of Harpswell, director of facilities management at Bowdoin College, has announced his plans to retire June 30 after eight years of service to the College.

Gardiner will continue to work with Bowdoin President Barry Mills and Vice President for Planning and Development William Torrey in a consulting role on several important capital projects through the end of the year.

"It has been said that 'to walk through the Bowdoin quad is to walk through the history of American architecture'," said Mills. "Preservation of that history and the beauty of this campus is both a serious responsibility and a frequent challenge as we work to meet the facilities needs of a thriving intellectual community. No one has had a more positive impact on these efforts in the past decade than Bill Gardiner."

Gardiner is one of the most respected facilities directors in the United States. He came to Bowdoin in 1994 after 35 years in leadership positions at such institutions as Colonial Williamsburg, Smith College, and Harvard University.

"Working at a place like Bowdoin, in a community like Brunswick, has been an exceptional experience," said Gardiner. "The two complement each other so much, and when they work together they make an unbeatable team that benefits the entire area."

During his time at Bowdoin Gardiner has overseen a building and renovation program in excess of $100 million dollars while managing with great care and sensitivity an enhanced and ongoing program of campus maintenance and beautification.

"I am grateful for the support of so many people, but I especially want to thank the loyal, dedicated men and women in the Facilities Department and others on campus who help to make Bowdoin College such an outstanding institution," Gardiner said. "I am very fortunate to have been a part of it for these past eight years."

Gardiner has also worked with Brunswick town officials on improving and building town-gown relations and has made a significant contribution to Brunswick through his service on local boards. He served on the building committees of the new Mid Coast Hospital and the Casco Bay YMCA in Freeport, and is a member of the Mid Coast Health Services board of directors and the Rotary Club of Brunswick.

He and his wife, Nancy, intend to remain in the area.

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