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Alumni Impact Study

Welcome to the website for Black Bear Alumni: Their Economic and Community Impact, a study commissioned by the UMaine Alumni Association and conducted by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

This site provides key findings and supporting materials related to the study that will be presented over the course of 2021 in four parts:




President Joan Ferrini-Mundy

“I am pleased that the University of Maine Alumni Association initiated this study to better understand the impact of our alumni on the Maine economy. I know that Black Bear alumni are making a difference, and I’m eager for the results of this report to be interpreted and used. Thank you to the Alumni Association and the Margaret Chase Smith Center for their leadership in this effort.

– Joan Ferrini-Mundy,President of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias


Robert Frank

“These numbers are impressive. They reflect the difference a UMaine education makes in the earning power of Black Bear alumni — and how they are valued by Maine employers.”

– Rob Frank ’88, chair of the UMaine Alumni Association Board of Directors

A map of the U.S. showing Black Bear alumni by state

A Map showing Black Bears living in the state of Maine













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