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Former Maine Governor Angus King to Teach Spring Class in Leadership

Story posted September 03, 2003

Former Maine Governor Angus King has been appointed Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College and will teach a class called "Leaders and Leadership" during the spring 2004 semester. The announcement of King's appointment was made today by Bowdoin Dean for Academic Affairs Craig A. McEwen.

"It is a great honor to have Angus King in residence at Bowdoin," said McEwen. "We have a significant number of students at Bowdoin who are interested in public service and politics. Governor King's class will give them a rare opportunity to interact closely with an individual who has been deeply involved with both."

"No one can really define leadership, though a mountain of material has been written on it," said King in describing the class. "So we'll be looking at leadership through a variety of case studies: Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Gandhi, Chamberlain, and others."

During his Bowdoin residency King will regularly participate in lectures and discussions hosted by the various College Houses on campus, and will meet with students to advise them on public policy and service. He will also give one public lecture.

"I am very excited to have been invited to teach at Bowdoin," said King. "It's an extraordinary opportunity."

Angus S. King Jr. served two four-year terms as Maine's 71st governor. He took office in 1995 as the only independent governor in the country. His 1998 reelection was one of the largest margins of victory in Maine's history. He left office in January 2003.

King graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and earned a law degree at the University of Virginia Law School in 1969. He began his career in 1969 as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan. In 1972 he became chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics in the office of then-Senator William D. Hathaway.

In 1975 he returned to Maine to practice law with the firm of Smith, Loyd and King in Brunswick. In the same year he began his almost 20-year stint as host of the television show "Maine Watch" on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

In 1983 King became vice president and general counsel of Swift River/Hafslund Co., an alternative energy development company based in Portland and Boston. In 1989 he founded and served for five years as president of Northeast Energy Management, Inc., a Brunswick-based company specializing in the development of large-scale energy conservation projects at commercial and industrial facilities in central and southern Maine.

During his term as Maine governor King focused on economic development and job creation, education, mental health services, corrections, land conservation and environmental protection, and improvements in service delivery by state government.

His administration accomplished a total rebuild of the state's mental health and corrections systems, major improvements in the state's service capability, 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 laptop computers to every seventh and eight grade student in the state.

Shortly after leaving office, King and his family embarked on a five-month, 15,000-mile, 34-state cross-country trip. The family's trip log can be found at

King is married to Mary J. Herman, and is the father of Angus III, Duncan, James, Benjamin and Molly.

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