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Midcoast Senior College names James Wilkes President of the Board

The Midcoast Senior College Board of Directors named James Wilkes President of the Board effective June 13, 2017 at its Annual Meeting Luncheon, Bowdoin College, Thorne Hall. Wilkes succeeds Dr. Anthony Belmont.

James Wilkes becomes President of Midcoast Senior CollegeThe Midcoast Senior College Board of Directors named James Wilkes President of the Board effective June 13, 2017 at its Annual Meeting Luncheon, Bowdoin College, Thorne Hall.  Wilkes succeeds Dr. Anthony Belmont.

Wilkes has been Vice President of Midcoast Senior College for the past two years and chair of the Policy Committee since 2014 in addition to serving on the Finance and Nominating Committees.

Wilkes comes to the President’s position having served on numerous not-for–profit boards including Chairman of the Board of Ohio’s Samaritan Regional Hospital System; President of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors; levy campaign chair of the Ashland Ohio Mental Health and Recovery Board; and vice president of the Ashland Ohio City Schools Academic Foundation.  He also served on boards of the Maine Cathance River Educational Alliance; the Ashland, Ohio United Way; and the Ashland YMCA.

In his 38-year career in education Wilkes served as an Ohio city Superintendent of Schools, assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. After retiring from public education Wilkes worked in the private sector as a school facility planner for an Ohio architect and engineering firm. He concluded his career as Assistant Dean for Teacher Professional Development at Ashland University, Ohio.

Midcoast Senior College’s mission is to provide non-credit academic courses and other educational events for people of 50 years and older to continue their lifelong learning. The 2016 – 2017 program involved 38 faculty providing 46 courses to Midcoast Maine residents. MSC also maintains an active web site (midcoastseniorcollege.org) for public use; writes, designs and mails newsletters to members; and offers off-campus activities including Winter and Summer Wisdom, Current Events, and Summer Excursion programs.

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