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Mitchell '54 to Head Major League Baseball Investigation

Story posted March 31, 2006

George J. Mitchell '54.

George J. Mitchell, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1954, will head an investigation into the use of steroids by Major League Baseball players. Mitchell was named to the position by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Mitchell, who currently serves as a partner, chairman of the global board, and co-chair of the government controversies practice group in the law firm of Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in New York City, is a former United States senator from Maine who served as Senate majority leader from 1989 until his retirement from the Senate in 1995. He previously served as a federal judge, a federal prosecutor, and a trial lawyer.

Mitchell is no stranger to high-profile investigations, having served with fellow Bowdoin graduate and U.S. Senator William S. Cohen '62 on the Senate committee that investigated the so-called Iran-Contra Affair during the Reagan Administration. He also led the United States Olympic Committee investigation of a bribery scandal surrounding the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Mitchell won acclaim for his role in helping to craft a peace agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998 and for his work on behalf of peace in the Middle East as chairman of the Sharm el-Sheikh International Fact-Finding Committee.

Upon his retirement from the Senate, Mitchell donated his papers to the College -- including hundreds of documents, photographs, videos, memorabilia, news clippings, and other materials that record his career in public service. In 2002, Bowdoin rededicated its Special Collections and Archives in Mitchell's name.

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