ORONO, Maine – Francis A. “Frank” Drummond, one of the University of Maine’s most respected professors, has been named UMaine’s 2018 Distinguished Maine Professor, the institution’s highest faculty honor.
Drummond, a professor in the university’s School of Biology and Ecology and a member of Cooperative Extension, was selected from among four UMaine finalists following a rigorous review of their teaching, research, and public service records of performance.
As Distinguished Maine Professor, Drummond will have the honor of addressing graduating students during UMaine’s 2018 Commencement ceremonies on May 12. He will also receive a $4,200 honorarium provided through a special endowment fund created more than 50 years ago by UMaine’s Class of 1942 and maintained by the Class of 2002.
The UMaine Alumni Association, which also provides financial support for the award, organizes the annual selection. A 17-person committee of alumni, current and retired faculty, and student leaders conducted the review process and made the selection through secret balloting based on a detailed set of weighted criteria.
Drummond is both a gifted teacher and an internationally respected scholar. His research on wild blueberry insect pests has resulted in recommendations that have saved growers money, increased yields, improved the quality of the fruit, and made Maine wild blueberries more competitive in the global market. He is Maine’s foremost authority on native pollinators and is a leader in educating farmers, policy makers, and others to the challenges that exist for these highly beneficial insects. Noted John Rebar: “To the wild blueberry growers of Maine he is simply known as ’Frank.’ He is a highly respected resource that provides accurate and reliable information that they can use to make significant management decisions. ”
Drummond will be honored for his selection at the Alumni Association’s Alumni Awards Celebration on Thursday evening, April 26, at Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus. Past recipients of the Distinguished Maine Professor Award will be present along with other members of the campus community, alumni, and friends. For more information on the event contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1875, the University of Maine Alumni Association is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the interests of UMaine and its 107,000 alumni.