Gordon Weil '58 Receives Niagara University Honorary Degree

Story posted June 15, 2010

Gordon Weil '58, for his illustrious career in politics, government and literature, was given an honorary degree by Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y., during the school's commencement ceremony May 23, 2010.

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Father Joseph Levesque presents Gordon Weil '58 with his honorary degree during Niagara University's commencment exercises May 23, 2010.

Weil, currently president of Standard Energy Company of Maine, served as top aide to George McGovern in the U.S. Senate and during McGovern's presidential campaign.

He has authored or edited 15 books, and has been a publisher of law books and other special works.

Weil headed the negotiations to create a single New England electric transmission system, and after Congress restructured the nation's electric industry, he carried out the first major transaction in the country under the new rules.

Weil served as the sole American on the headquarters staff of the European Commission and established its New York office, now its U.N. Mission.

McGovern Weil Lindemann300.jpg (L. to r.) Gordon Weil '58, Sen. George McGovern and Special Collections & Archives Director Richard Lindemann in the Special Collections reading room, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, in July 2009. Special Collections holds Weil's papers documenting his roles as executive assistant to the senator during McGovern's presidential campaign and as a consultant in Maine energy/utility matters. Click here for more on Weil's connections with McGovern and a description of Weil's papers.

He was contributor and news analyst based in Brussels for the Washington Post, Newsweek and the Voice of America.

In Maine, where he lives, he has headed three state government agencies and now writes a popular weekly column for the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.

Although Weil had no connection to Niagara University other than that he and the Brother Augustine Towey, the former director of the NU theatre, were high school classmates, he helped spearhead a campaign to create better physical facilities for the theatre department, resulting in the May 1, 2010, opening of Niagara University's 3.1 million dollar renovated Leary Theatre and the new Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre.

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