Alfond’s $240 million gift to UMaine System among largest ever to public higher ed institute

Administrators in the University of Maine System on Wednesday lauded a $240 million gift that is among the largest ever in public institutes of higher education and will be used for systemwide investments in facilities, academics and athletics.

Much of the funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation, one of the state’s leading philanthropic organizations, will be spent on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland. Officials there are planning for the construction of a new graduate center and law school and for the campus to be part of a multi-university engineering program that will give students around the state greater access to courses and degrees.

“This is a combination of a year-long effort to explain the needs of the system to an organization that has been very generous in the past and an effort to come forward with new initiatives that obviously have attracted the support of the Alfonds,”

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