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June 9, 2014 at 9:57 am

Alum Named Executive Director of Maine Forest & Logging Museum

Ohio University alum Jill Packard ’07M is the new Executive Director of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum, reports the Bangor Daily News.

Maine Forest & Logging MuseumPackard earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. Her adviser was Dr. Nancy Manring, Associate Professor of Political Science. The The Maine Forest and Logging Museum exists to preserve and educate about the natural and cultural history of Maine’s forests.

“I’m interested in really broadening the educational base,” said Packard. She said she sees various opportunities to connect the material at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum to local school curriculums and state educational standards.

“I believe that our forests and logging industry are two of Maine’s most important resources. Educating people about those things ensures the sustainability of not only Maine’s economic base but its cultural and natural heritage as well,” she said.

As the new executive director, Packard also plans to make a greater part of the museum’s collection of artifacts available for public viewing.

Packard brings an extensive education to the organization. She has completed bachelor’s degrees in both art history and political science at Bowling Green State University and has a master’s degree in environmental science at Ohio University in Ohio, where she wrote her thesis on environmental education and sustainability. She also is engaged in doctoral coursework in public policy analysis and administration at Walden University, an online school.

Read the entire story in the Bangor Daily News.

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