July 16, 2020

COA board elects four new trustees> Chairman hails members’ diverse roots

BAR HARBOR — The College of the Atlantic’s board of trustees has announced the election of four new members: John Wilmerding, Linda Lewis, Ann Sullivan and Victoria Savage.

A resident of Northeast Harbor and Princeton, N.J., Wilmerding has been chairman of the art and archaeology department at Princeton University since 1992. He also serves as a visiting curator in the Department of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and previously was deputy director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. He has written numerous books, including monographs on Fitz Hugh Lane and Winslow Homer, and has narrated a number of documentaries on American art.

Lewis, a Somesville resident and co-owner of Port in a Storm Bookstore, has served on the board of directors of Friends of Acadia since 1990. She was the chairwoman of that committee from 1994 to 1997. She is a member of the Acadia Choral Society, the Garden Club of Mount Desert and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Northeast Harbor.

Sullivan, from Great Cranberry Island and Brooklyn, N.Y., became director of development at Friends Seminary in New York City in 1994, having previously served in a range of positions, including director of college counseling and admissions, chairman of the English department and teacher. Among her volunteer activities, she is a benefit committee member for the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves on the boards of the Great Cranberry Island Library and the Seal Harbor Club.

A Trenton resident, Savage is a 1980 graduate of College of the Atlantic and president of the COA Alumni Association. She will be the new alumni trustee on the board. She is enrolled in the social work master’s program at the University of Maine and is an intern at Kids Peace New England in Ellsworth.

“These new members, with their diverse backgrounds in the arts, business and education, will bring outstanding expertise and energy to COA,” trustees Chairman Clyde E. Shorey Jr. said.

Founded by Mount Desert Island residents in 1969, COA is a small private liberal arts college on the shores of Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor. The college’s program focuses on human ecology, a study of the relationship between humans and their natural, social and technological environments.

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