2017-06-15 / Community News

UNE president given sentiment

UNE President DR. Danielle Ripich was honored by the Maine Legislature last month for her service to the University of New England and Maine.

Ripich received a Legislative Sentiment, a public declaration in honor of a personal or civic achievement. Legislative Sentiments are signed by the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives. They are also approved by both chambers and entered into the legislative record.

Sen. Susan Deschambault (D-Biddeford) initiated Ripich’s Legislative Sentiment, citing her contributions to UNE, Biddeford, Portland and Maine. Since becoming UNE’s fifth president in July 2006, Ripich has guided the university through a period of unprecedented growth. Under her leadership, UNE has expanded its campuses in Biddeford and Portland; opened a study abroad campus in Tangier, Morocco; launched the College of Pharmacy, the College of Dental Medicine and the Online College of Graduate and Professional Studies; and grown from 4,000 to more than 10,000 students. Under Ripich’s leadership, UNE’s contribution to the Maine economy has topped more than $1 billion per year.

Deschambault also spoke in detail about Ripich’s founding of the College of Dental Medicine, discussing its community-based externship program, inaugural graduation and the newly minted dentists who are remaining in-state to practice in rural areas.

“Dr. Ripich, you have enriched us in many ways and leave a great legacy to the state,” Deschambault said. “We all thank you very much.”

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