FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2005
Contact: Peggy Markson 973-3245 (cell 949-1250)
University of Maine System Building Officially Opens on October 12
Chancellor Westphal & Governor Baldacci to Lead Downtown Bangor Ceremony
BANGOR - After more than 35 years of doing business near the Bangor International Airport, the University of Maine System is officially marking the move of its statewide operations center to 16 Central Street in downtown Bangor.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the main entrance to the building. Chancellor Joseph W. Westphal will host the event and guest speakers include Governor John Baldacci, Mayor Frank Farrington, University of Maine System Board Chair Charles Johnson and Bangor resident George Carlisle, who helped dedicate the same building as a city councilor more than 50 years ago when the W.T. Grant store opened for operation in 1948.
The move follows an exchange of property between the University System and City of Bangor. The University System is transferring several buildings located on Maine Avenue to the City of Bangor. In return, the City completely renovated and will transfer ownership of approximately 40,000 square feet of space in the City-owned W.T. Grant Building. As part of the building swap, the City provided parking for UMS employees in the Pickering Square garage and more than $3 million to convert the building into University System office space.
Approximately half of the University of Maine System's nearly 120 employees moved into the building on October 4-5; the remainder will move October 18-19.
The University System's downtown Bangor statewide operations center consists of the Chancellor's office, senior System officials involved in statewide coordinating functions and services and others involved in centralized services such as human resources, finance, accounting, and administrative services.
Established in 1968, the University of Maine System is the state's largest educational entity, with more than 34,000 students enrolled. It features seven universities -- some with multiple campuses -- located across the state, as well as 11 University College outreach centers and more than 100 interactive distance education sites. For more information, log onto www.maine.edu.