Inaugural Symposium: The Power of the Liberal Arts — Sen. George J. Mitchell ’54, H’83 on Leadership and the Liberal Arts

George Mitchell ’54

George Mitchell ’54

The Power of the Liberal Arts,” the symposium that is prelude to the inauguration of Clayton S. Rose as Bowdoin’s 15th president, comprises leaders from the worlds of business, design, government, higher education and public health. The symposium will be held in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, 2 p.m.­–5 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015. In advance of the discussion, we continue a series of participant profiles.

Former United States Senator George J. Mitchell ’54, H’83, has a long and storied career in various aspects of government and politics, working alongside global leaders, captains of industry and even baseball players.

“Only by keeping alive the liberal arts can we draw on the knowledge of the past necessary to enlighten us to make the decisions of the future,” said Mitchell, who will participate in the panel discussion “Making a Living and Making a Life: The Liberal Arts in Commerce and Citizenship.”

Mitchell served as U.S. Attorney and U.S. District Court Judge for Maine. In 1980, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate following Sen. Edmund Muskie’s appointment as U.S. Secretary of State. Mitchell left the Senate in 1995 as the Majority Leader.

He served as chairman of the negotiations that achieved peace in Northern Ireland and chairman of the international fact-finding committee on violence in the Middle East.

From 2004 to 2006, he served as chairman of The Walt Disney Company.

Mitchell was later tapped to lead an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players, the findings of which were released in December 2007.

From 2009 until 2011, he served as special envoy for Middle East peace. He is also the founder of the Mitchell Institute, a scholarship program for Maine students, that has awarded more than $12 million to more than 2,400 students since 1995.

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