In cost-cutting move, UMaine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast to close as of Aug. 5

Thu, 06/15/2023 - 12:15pm

    BELFAST — For 23 years, the Hutchinson Center has served as UMaine’s Midcoast education and cultural post. As of Aug. 5, it will cease programming.

    “The University of Maine is examining options for the future of the Hutchinson Center property,” said Meredith Whitfield, UMaine’s chief marketing and communication officer. “To reduce costs during this period of due diligence no further programming will occur at the facility as of August 5. The university remains committed to providing quality educational opportunities in Waldo County via online education, through academics, professional development offerings, and Cooperative Extension programming.”

    MBNA was instrumental in getting UMaine to settle into Belfast with a small satellite campus. Its mission, as stated at its website, is to: broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.

    The “Hutch”, as it is sometimes called, was named for, University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson
    The Center was expanded in 2009 with the Walsh Wing, “named for Edward J. Walsh, the grandfather of Charles Cawley, founder of MBNA and supporter of the Hutchinson Center,” the center said.  
    The Walsh Wing provided additional space for science labs, classrooms, staff and faculty offices, and a conference center. The H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery is housed in the Walsh Wing and provides space for a variety of art shows throughout the year.

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