The Wheeler-Thompson Founders' Award
To acknowledge in a meaningful way the contributions of the two co-founders of Midcoast Senior College, Nancy Wheeler and Jack Thompson, the Board of Directors established in 2009 the Wheeler/Thompson Founders' Award. Presented annually at the Spring Luncheon, this award recognizes an individual who has supported the spirit and work of Senior College in significant ways.
Nominations are solicited each spring from among past and present members/students, faculty, volunteers, and others. The Board makes the final selection. (Sitting members of the Board of Directors and current employees are not eligible.) Each annual recipient of the Wheeler/Thompson Founders Award:
- is honored at the annual luncheon in June
- receives a framed certificate
- receives a $100 gift certificate to a bookstore
- has his or her name engraved on a permanent plaque displayed at Senior College.
Members: Submit your nomination for the Founders' Award by Tuesday, April 27, 2017.
Read: Remembering Jack Thompson
Winners of the Wheeler/Thompson Founders' Award:
The late Bill Brown, beloved teacher for the length and breadth of twenty semesters, received the first annual award in 2010.
Read: Remembering Bill Brown
The 2011 winner was Jack Henderson, one of our founding Board members and on-going volunteer and committee member.
In 2012, the award was presented to Dennis Unger. Dennis was recognized for his strong advocacy and support for Senior College as Director of University College, Bath-Brunswick.
Agnes Beale received the award in 2013 after 11 years of dedicated "behind the scene" volunteer service.
The 2014 winner was Dorothy Bell, an active volunteer at MSC since 2002.
In 2015, Nora Bishop was chosen to receive the award for her multiple ongoing volunteer responsibilities . To read her inspiring acceptance speech, click here.
Howard Whitcomb was presented the 2016 award for his staunch support of MSC during the previous 13 years as a prolific instructor, Board member, and member and Chair of the Curriculum Committee for many years.
The 2017 award was presented to Mark Smith, a longstanding member and contributor to MSC. Serving as President of the Board from 2009-2013, Mark managed the rapid evolution and growth of the College, played a key role in the relocation from Bath to SNHU in Brunswick, helped create the Founders' Award, and oversaw the transition to independent 501(c)3 status.