On Thursday, President Barry Mills accepted an award from the Brunswick Downtown Association on behalf of Bowdoin College, which was selected as the group’s Member of the Year. In choosing Bowdoin for its reward, the association stressed Bowdoin’s contribution to the arts, culture and vitality of the town, and thanked the College for its generosity in making many of its resources available to the public.
Mills then spoke to the large audience of downtown business owners and nonprofit leaders about the importance of the town to the College. “Bowdoin would not be Bowdoin without Maine and without the town of Brunswick,” he said, “and candidly, I think we all know that Brunswick wouldn’t be Brunswick without the vitality and strength of Bowdoin College.”
He shared some statistics behind Bowdoin’s economic contribution to the community, such as the $61 million it pays annually to Bowdoin staff, and the 7,000 prospective students who visit Bowdoin every year with family members. He urged the townspeople to welcome the diverse students, parents, alumni and visitors who pass through the shops and restaurants here, and to capture with entrepreneurial imagination the economic potential that Bowdoin offers Brunswick.
Read President Mills’ full remarks here.