Dr. Jim Dill ’72, ’74G – Alumni Career Award

Dr. Jim Dill ’72, ’74G Alumni Career Award

Jim Dill ’72, ’74G has been chosen to receive the Alumni Career Award, the UMaine Alumni Association’s highest alumni honor. This award is presented annually to a University of Maine graduate whose life’s work is marked by outstanding achievements in professional, business, civic and/or other public service areas. 

Beyond his twelve years of serving as both a State Representative and a State Senator in the Maine Legislature, Representative Dill has led the life-saving UMaine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory, more affectionately called “The Tick Lab.” His work investigates ways to reduce the incidences of Lyme disease and other vector-borne diseases not only in Maine but throughout our country. Dill’s work with Integrated Pest Management is well-known and highly respected, and he has been the UMaine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist since 1981. In his more than 40-year career, Dill has been instrumental in growing and developing Maine’s pest management and pesticide safety education initiatives, serving also as an extension professor.

His community service also includes leadership roles on local school boards and Orono-Old Town Kiwanis International. In 2017, he was honored with the New England Higher Education Excellence Award from the New England Board of Higher Education and the New England Higher Education Compact. In 2021, he was honored with the UMaine Presidential Public Engagement Award.

Dill received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in entomology from the University of Maine and a PhD in entomology from Purdue University in 1979. Jim resides in Old Town, Maine.