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PORTLAND – The University of New England (UNE) has been named the recipient of the 2010 Robert R. Masterton Award for Economic Development by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Community Leadership Awards Ceremony on September 16, 2010.

The Robert R. Masterton Award for Economic Development is awarded to individuals, businesses, agencies, organizations, community or nonprofit corporations that have assisted in promoting or enhancing the overall climate of greater Portland. Recent recipients include Donald Perkins, Peter G. Vigue, The Maine Turnpike Authority, and former UNE Board of Trustees chairman Paul “P.D.” Merrill, posthumously.

UNE President Danielle Ripich, Ph.D., states, “It is an honor for UNE to be recognized for economic achievement by the Portland Chamber, and particularly meaningful to receive an award that has been bestowed on our friend and former UNE Board chair, the late P.D. Merrill.”

The University opened its College of Pharmacy on Stevens Avenue in Portland last September to a full inaugural class of 100 students. The economic impact of that College to the community exceeds $100 million. In recognition of its contributions to the city of Portland’s economic vitality, UNE was honored last November with the Downtown Portland Corporation’s 2009 Economic Achievement Award.

“We are thrilled to announce the University of New England as the winner of the Robert R. Masterton Award for Economic Development,” remarked Godfrey Wood, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber. “We thank UNE for their longstanding commitment to the betterment of the Portland region.”

About Robert R. Masterton
Robert R. Masterton served as president of Maine Savings Bank from 1970 to 1987 and was CEO of One Bancorp, and a key figure in the economic revival in Portland. He was chair of the building committee for the Portland Museum of Art, a director and vice president of the Portland Community Chamber, and chair of the Chamber’s Business Ethics division.

About University of New England
The University’s mission is to provide a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research and service. UNE has five schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Graduate Studies. UNE has internationally recognized scholars in the liberal arts, sciences, health and medicine.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Kathleen Taggersell

Telephone Number: 207-602-2269

Website: http://www.une.edu