2019

The 58th Annual Deborah Morton Society Convocation and Awards Ceremony continued the University of New England’s tradition of honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding Maine women.

Over the past 57 years, the award has continued to help further the importance of women in our society and serves as encouragement to young women across our state to reflect Morton’s values and service-focused attitude. This year’s award recipients are as follows: Susan Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Axiom Technologies, Elizabeth McLellan, Founder and President, Partners for World Health, and ZamZam Mohamud, Community Leader, Lewiston, Maine.

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President Herbert with the 2019 Deborah Morton Society Awardees. Left to right: ZamZam Mohamud, Susan Corbett, President Herbert, Elizabeth McLellan.

On June 15, 2018, members of the University of New England Deborah Morton Society gathered on the Portland Campus for the Society’s 57th Annual Convocation.

Established in 1961, the Deborah Morton Award recognizes Maine women who have distinguished themselves through their careers, public service and leadership in civic, cultural or social causes. 

The Society welcomed three new members at this year’s event: Anita Stewart, executive and artistic director of Portland Stage; Peggy Rotundo, director of strategic and policy initiatives for the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships; and Danielle Ripich, Ph.D., distinguished president emeritus, University of New England.

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The 2018 Deborah Morton Society Award recipients pose with members of the UNE Board of Trustees in front of Alumni Hall. L-R: Cynthia Milliken Taylor, Peggy Rotundo, E. “Story” Cleland Landis, Danielle Ripich, Katherine Heer ’90, Anita Stewart.

2017

The 56th Annual Deborah Morton Society Convocation and Awards Ceremony took place on September 19, 2017 at the Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke ’26 Auditorium, UNE Portland Campus.
 
The event paid tribute to three new inductees: Mary L. Bonauto, civil rights project director of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD); Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank; and Dr. Betsy M. Webb, superintendent of the Bangor School Department.

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President James Herbert, Ph.D., with the 2017 Deborah Morton Society awardees.

2016

The 55th Annual Deborah Morton Society Convocation and Awards Ceremony took place on September 20, 2016 at the Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke ’26 Auditorium, UNE Portland Campus.
 
The event paid tribute to three new inductees: Dr. Susan H. Hunter, president of the University of Maine; Gilda E. Nardone, executive director of New Ventures Maine; and Eileen F. Skinner, former president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health System of Maine. 

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President Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D., with the 2016 Deborah Morton Society awardees.

2015

The 54th Annual Deborah Morton Society Convocation and Awards Ceremony took place on September 22, 2015 at the Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke ’26 Auditorium, UNE Portland Campus.
 
The event paid tribute to four new inductees: Patricia E. Ryan, former executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission; M. Michelle Hood, FACHE president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems; and Barbara M. Trafton, former Maine State Senator. 

Biographical information on the inductees

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President Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D., with new Deborah Morton Society awardees, Patricia E. Ryan, M. Michelle Hood, Barbara M. Trafton, and Deborah Morton Steering Committee Chair, Meg Baxter D.M.S. ‘07.

Watch the Award Convocation

To watch presentations made by past Deborah Morton Award recipients go directly to the Deborah Morton Awards playlist on YouTube.

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