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Sandy Ervin '69 to Receive Alumni Council's Distinguished Educator Award

Story posted February 03, 2009

Robert "Sandy" Ervin '69 has been chosen by the Alumni Council to receive the Distinguished Educator Award, presented in recognition of excellence in the field of education.

Spanning more than four decades, Ervin's career in education has been one of leadership and innovation.

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In his roles as superintendent of schools in two Maine school districts, Ervin motivated teachers and administrators to produce and implement curricula that resulted in high student achievement.

While superintendent of schools for the City of Bangor, Maine, Ervin developed a school system of the highest regard, sending more than 90 percent of its students on to higher education.

He also introduced to Bangor a number of strong academic programs, including Asian studies, which has blossomed into international studies; he also brought Chinese into the Foreign Language Department and implemented a full-day kindergarten program.

"Articulate and energetic, Sandy represents the Bowdoin hallmark of leadership," says Duke Albanese '71, co-executive Director of the Great Schools Partnership at the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute and former Maine Commissioner of Education. "He is yet another example of the College being an incubator of great leaders in all walks of life."

Ervin, a native of Waterville, Maine, came to Bowdoin in the fall of 1965 from Deerfield Academy and became an active participant in the college sports scene, joining the soccer, lacrosse and hockey teams. He was also a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

Graduating with majors in biology and chemistry, Ervin went on to earn a master of science in natural resources from the University of Michigan. In 1990, he earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Maine.

In the summer of 2008, Ervin left the superintendent of schools position to become vice president of the Spring Brook Ice and Fuel Company in Waterville, Maine. Ervin lives in Holden, Maine, with his wife, Julie Woodcock Ervin.

Established in 1964, the Distinguished Educator Award is presented every other year to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of education by a Bowdoin alumnus or alumna, except alumni who are members of the Bowdoin faculty and staff.

The Alumni Service Award will be presented Saturday, May 30, 2009, during Reunion Convocation.

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