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President Lachance Honored at Maine Women’s Hall of Fame

On March 15, 2014, Thomas College President Laurie G. Lachance, M.B.A. ’92, will be inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame along with Patricia Ryan of the Maine Women’s Lobby. The 25th induction and dinner will take place at The University of Maine Augusta campus. The Maine Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1990 by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to women who have met these specific criteria: the woman's achievements have a significant statewide impact, the woman's achievements significantly improved the lives of women in Maine, and the woman's contribution has enduring value for women.

In July 2012, Laurie Lachance was named as Thomas College's 5th President. She is the first female and the first alumna to lead this small, dynamic business and liberal arts college in its 118 year history.    

From 2004-2012, Laurie served as President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, a highly-regarded, non-profit, membership organization established in 1978. The Foundation's flagship programs include Leadership Maine, Policy Leaders Academy, the Maine Downtown Center, the Maine Employers' Initiative, and the Maine Economic Growth Council.

Prior to MDF, Laurie served as the Maine State Economist for eleven years for three governors. In that capacity, she chaired the Maine State Revenue Forecasting Commission, and served as lead or co-lead on utility restructuring, telecommunications, the retirement industry, and tax reform. Prior to joining state government, Laurie served as the Corporate Economist at Central Maine Power Company.

A frequent author and speaker on the economic status of Maine, Laurie holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College, and was recently awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. She has been the recipient of several awards including: the Governor Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award, the Dr. Mary Chandler Lowell Award, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow, the Thomas College Distinguished Alumnus, the Deborah Morton Award, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce's President's Award, and the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce's Community Service Award.

Laurie serves on a number of boards including Educate Maine, is the chair of Educare Central Maine, and is on the Maine Economic Growth Council.

Thomas College is a business and liberal arts educational institution located in central Maine. It prepares students for success in their personal and professional lives, and for leadership and service in their communities. Thomas provides a supportive learning environment that values the needs and goals of individual students. At Thomas, students discover and fulfill their unique potential. Each program at the College promotes professional excellence, informed by ethics and integrity. The College is committed to quality teaching and to the application of technology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Thomas offers broad opportunities for professional development and promotes economic prosperity through long-term community partnerships.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Buker at or 207.859.1319.




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