Published June 02, 2022 by Tom Porter

Bowdoin to Award Common Good, Alumni Council Awards at Reunion Convocation

The awards, which are chosen by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council, recognize five members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication.

alumni council awards 2022
Ronald Brady '89, P'19, Sarah McMahon, Linda Nelson ’83,  D. Ellen Shuman ’76, Kate Stern

The Common Good Award is selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees­, while the Alumni Service Award, the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, and the Distinguished Educator Award are chosen by the Alumni Council. They all serve to recognize members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication.

Alumni Council Awards

Two Bowdoin employees have been selected to receive the 2022 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, presented annually for service and devotion to Bowdoin, its students, and its alumni:

In her forty years on the Bowdoin faculty, Associate Professor of History Sarah McMahon has challenged, inspired, and engaged students in the exploration of colonial and early national US social history. Read more.

Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion and Diversity and Director of the Center for Sexuality, Women, and Gender Kate Stern is being honored for her profound impact on Bowdoin’s campus culture of inclusivity and on the many students she has helped to feel at home at the College. Read more.

Alumni Service Award

D. Ellen Shuman ’76 has been described as a pioneering leader and a steadfast servant of the College who has leveraged her extraordinary accomplishments at Bowdoin, and beyond, to help provide opportunity for others. Read more.

Distinguished Educator Award

Ronald C. Brady ’89, P’19 is a pioneering educational administrator who has generously and enthusiastically shared his expertise, energy, and time with Bowdoin. He is honored for providing “transformational opportunities for underserved students.” Read more.

Common Good Award

A woman both of ideas and action, Linda L. Nelson ‘83 has been a singularly powerful advocate for the arts, the nonprofit sector, and the impact that cultural activities can have on communities in the state of Maine. Read more.

The awards will be presented during Reunion Convocation amid Reunion Weekend, June 2–5, 2022.