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Angus King to Deliver Donovan Lecture April 12

Story posted April 06, 2004

Former Maine Governor Angus King will give a public lecture at Bowdoin College at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 12, in Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge.

King's talk, titled "Hitting the Wall: Budgets, Boomers, and the Quest for a Free Lunch," is sponsored by Bowdoin's John C. Donovan Lectureship in political science.

Admission to the lecture is free.

King is presently a Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College. In addition to teaching the class "Leaders and Leadership," he has participated in lectures and discussions hosted by various campus groups, offering students insight into the worlds of public service and politics.

King 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.

After leaving office, King and his family embarked on a five-month, 15,000-mile, 34-state cross-country trip.

He is currently busy at a variety of part-time jobs, continuing to work for job creation and economic growth in State of Maine.

He joined the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson in Portland, where he provides strategic and legal advice to the firm's business clients who want to expand their business in Maine, or move their businesses to the State.

At the Portland merger and acquisitions services company Leaders LLC, he advises businesses on strategies to acquire other companies in order to grow, or to be acquired by other firms.

He serves on the boards of the Nature Conservancy, Lee Auto, and Hancock Lumber.

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 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 he 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 he 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.

Governor King's 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.

The John C. Donovan Lecture Fund was established at Bowdoin College in 1990 by colleagues, friends, and members of the Donovan family, through the leadership of Shepard Lee, Bowdoin Class of 1947. This fund is used to support a lecture in the field of political science.

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