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Allen Springer Receives Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff

Story posted June 05, 2006

Allen Springer.

Allen L. Springer of Brunswick, Maine, has been honored by the Bowdoin College Alumni Council with the 2006 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, presented June 3 during Reunion weekend.

Established in 1963 by the Alumni Council, the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff recognizes "service and devotion" to the College.

Allen L. Springer is professor of government and legal studies at Bowdoin, and teaches courses in international law and organization, international relations, environmental policy, and American foreign policy. Currently on sabbatical, he is studying the regional ocean management in the Gulf of Maine, and is working on a book on the development of international environmental law.

He is the author of the The International Law of Pollution: Protecting the Global Environment in a World of Sovereign States, and articles and monographs in the field of international law and policy.

A noted leader in his department and field, Springer has also proven to be a strong administrator and mentor. He arrived at Bowdoin in 1976 after completing graduate work at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. While serving as an instructor, Springer was asked to accept the role of Dean of Students, a position he took on with his characteristic pragmatism, thoughtfulness, and balance, an approach that gained him popularity with students.

After two years as Dean of Students, Springer returned to the classroom. Two of his most noted courses are The Pursuit of Peace, a first year seminar, and International Law, a lecture course. In 2002 the senior class selected Springer to give the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, an honor intended to recognize a faculty member for their impact as teacher and role model.

Involved in far more than academics at Bowdoin, Springer has been an assistant coach of soccer and basketball, advised hundreds of students, and has participated in numerous campus committees. Described by one of his colleagues as the "oldest child, the responsible one" of the government department, Springer has held the role of department chair most often and continues to be the "glue" that holds the department together.

Springer is deeply committed not only to the Bowdoin community, but also Brunswick and the State of Maine. He has been active in the realms of public education, and local and state politics. He served on the Town of Brunswick's School Board as chairman, is an active volunteer in Mid Coast Maine's successful United Way Campaign, and has been involved with the Tedford shelter.

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