Story posted July 06, 2010
Susie Dorn, director of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, has been awarded the Henry G. Brooks Public Service Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and will take an educational leave-of-absence during the 2010-2011 academic year to pursue a master in public administration.
"For several years I have been able to help students learn about and address community issues through service, leadership development and involvement in community-based courses and research," says Dorn.
"In pursuing an MPA at the Kennedy School, I want to be able to better connect students' interest in effecting change to policy and government. More personally, I am also interested in learning where business and the public sector can meet to foster entrepreneurial approaches to community development and sustainability."
The Kennedy School's one-year Mid-Career Master in Public Administration is an intensive eight-credit program preceded by a one-month summer program exclusively for mid-career professionals.
Dorn, who has directed the College's community engagement efforts for seven years, also serves on the Maine Campus Compact Steering Committee, the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine, and is a founding member of the Merrymeeting Bay Mentoring Coalition. She arrived at Bowdoin in 2003 from Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service.
During the next year, Dorn's responsibilities within the McKeen Center will be allocated among current staff.
Henry G. Brooks, who died in December 2009, was as a distinguished New England businessman and founding trustee of the Libra Foundation, and upon his retirement was honored with the designation Trustee Emeritus. In 1996, the Libra Foundation created the Henry G. Brooks Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as an investment in the quality of public service afforded the citizens of the State of Maine through support for training of state and local government officials as well as leaders of nonprofit institutions.
Erik Jorgensen '87, director of the Maine Humanities Council, received the Brooks Fellowship to attend the Harvard Kennedy School in 1998-99.