Stockton Springs man receives legislative sentiment for 48 years with local college

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 9:00am

    AUGUSTA — On Wednesday, June 12, Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, honored Bill Carpenter, of Stockton Springs, for his 48 years of teaching literature and creative writing at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Carpenter traveled to Augusta with his wife, Donna Gold, to receive a legislative sentiment.

    The college’s first faculty member, Carpenter retired earlier this month. In Senator Herbig’s remarks on the Senate floor, she thanked Carpenter on behalf of the Maine Legislature.

    “Over the past half century, Bill has taught world literature, Shakespeare, creative writing, history, film, Maine Mythology, poetry and more to generations of students,” said Senator Herbig, in a news release. “Thank you for inspiring present and future leaders, instilling a passion for literature and creative writing in your students and enriching the great State of Maine we all know and love.”

    Darron Collins, president of College of the Atlantic, said Carpenter is a renowned author and tremendous teacher.  

    “Whether in the classroom, in the dining hall, on his sailboat or in his office, one cannot help but emerge from time spent with Bill and feel like a better, wiser and more compassionate person,” said Collins, in the release. “He cares so deeply about this institution and will always — always — have a place at the college.”

    A legislative sentiment is a significant expression of the Maine Legislature to honor notable achievements. If you know of someone who should be recognized, contact Senator Herbig at (207) 287-1515 or