Eight alumni inducted into Foxcroft Academy Academic Hall of Fame

May 11, 2013

Hall of Fame induction (with Rose Award winners)

Eight Foxcroft Academy alumni were inducted into the Foxcroft Academy Academic Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in the FA gymnasium on Saturday, May 11. Because the Academy aspires to connect great students of the present with those of the past, the ceremony was held in conjunction with the presentation of Rose Awards to the Class of 2013’s outstanding scholars.

After inducting the inaugural Academic Hall of Fame class on May 19, 2012, the FA Alumni Office continued to ask alumni, community members, parents, and faculty (past and present) to nominate alumni who demonstrated “success at Foxcroft Academy through academics and/or visual and performing arts, leading to notable accomplishments in a chosen career path.” The Academy’s selection committee then drew from a large pool of worthy candidates generated by these nominations and carefully selected the following eight outstanding new members.

Rebecca-MaynardRebecca Maynard, PhD, Class of 1967

During her years at Foxcroft Academy, Dr. Becka Maynard was active in band, student government, and various community service groups. But, most importantly, with encouragement from some awesome faculty members, she was a serious student with aspirations to go on to college. She first earned her BS in economics at the University of Connecticut in 1971, after which she proceeded immediately to pursue her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin, which she completed in 1975.

Becka spent the first half of her career at a private sector research firm, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., which designs and carries out large-scale evaluations on high-profile economic and social issues. In 1993, she left her position as Senior Vice President of Mathematica to become University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she now teaches graduate courses in economics and research methods and supervises a federally-sponsored interdisciplinary program for doctoral students working on education research. She has recently returned to the University of Pennsylvania after a two-year leave to serve as the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) at the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. In this role, she had oversight of evaluations of federal education policies and programs, of federal research and evaluation support to state and local education agencies throughout the country, of the What Works Clearinghouse, and of the National Library of Education.

Becka is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association, recipient of the Peter H. Rossi Award for contributions to the theory and practice of policy evaluation, and past president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Mark-StithamMark Stitham, MD, Class of 1968

Dr. Mark Stitham was born and raised in Dover-Foxcroft and graduated from FA as valedictorian in 1968. While at Foxcroft, he was very active in music, serving as Band Manager his senior year and also leading the Dance Band, which won the first state-wide dance band contest in 1965.

Mark received an A.B. from Dartmouth in three years, magna cum laude, and also earned a Phi Beta Kappa key. He received his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1975 and then returned to Portland’s Maine Medical Center to do his residency before moving to Hawaii in 1979, where he has been in private practice for the past 34 years. He is triple board-certified in adult, child, and forensic psychiatry, was president of the Hawaii Psychiatric Medical Association, and was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 1991.

Mark’s hobby has always been entertainment, a field he says he would have gone into, had he any talent. At age six he became a magician, then made a little money playing music gigs all over the state as a trombonist, and was the first local disc jockey on WDME while still in high school. He acted in many productions on the Foxcroft Academy stage (one of which made it to the state finals) and was voted Class Actor in the yearbook. He pursued radio in college and medical school, hosting the #1 oldies show in St. Louis as “Doc Rock” on KADI-FM in the mid-1970s. In May of 1987 he was a Jeopardy! Champion, winning more than $10,000–and some Lee Press-On Nails.

Later, Mark’s acting bug led to roles in Jake and the Fatman, Raven, and Hawaii 5-0 for CBS, Unsolved Mysteries for NBC, two roles in ABC’s hit Lost, a recurrent role as a doctor on a Japanese soap opera, and a role as a tourist in a really bad sci-fi movie that went straight to cable. He’s done stand-up comedy in Waikiki and even had a beer named after him in Utah: Doc Rock’s Bock.

How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?

Foxcroft Academy was instrumental in exposing me not only to academic fields such as advanced math, but to extracurricular activities in the arts that were lacking in elementary and middle school years. Bob Thorne was a huge influence on me and certainly led me to concur with Voltaire that “a life without music would be a mistake.”

Troy-HartleyTroy Hartley, PhD, Class of 1982

Dr. Troy Hartley was selected Student of the Year in 1982 for his all-around academic, athletic, and community service to Foxcroft Academy and the broader community; he was a National Honor Society member and a Rose Award recipient, and was also member of Key Club, the school newspaper, AFS (a foreign student exchange program), the Varsity Club, the humanities group, the cross-country team, and the baseball team (Eastern Maine Champs). He earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Vermont, an M.A. in Environmental Policy from George Mason University in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan, where he received the Ayers Brisner Award for excellence in the study of Environmental Public Policy.

Troy is currently the Director of Virginia Sea Grant and a research professor of Marine and Public Policy with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program at the College of William & Mary. Sea Grant funds coastal and marine research, supports graduate students and post-graduates, and conducts scientific outreach and communication. Troy was nominated and selected to participate on a National Academy of Science study to inform the U.S. Congress and the National Marine Fisheries Service on science and management issues. He has been a U.S. delegate to the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, advisor to the state-federal regional Chesapeake Bay Program, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Commonwealth of Virginia, City of Detroit, World Wildlife Fund, and other international, federal, state, and local agencies and NGOs. Prior to moving to Virginia, he spent seven years at the University of New Hampshire conducting research on coastal and marine governance systems and directing the Northeast Consortium, a Maine-New Hampshire-Massachusetts consortium of universities funding collaborative fisheries research between scientists, fishermen, and resource managers. Troy spent nearly ten years working on environmental, natural resource, and land-use policy issues in Washington, DC.

How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?

For me Foxcroft Academy was an extremely nurturing and supportive academic environment, combining Maine’s pragmatism for solving the problem with academic exploration of fundamentally different ways of looking at the world.  Both the faculty and my fellow students challenged and supported me. Without a solid foundation, without a supportive community, you cannot build anything. Foxcroft Academy established my foundation, it invested in me, its faculty and staff believed in me, even beyond high school—welcoming me back to present to classes and encouraging and supporting my continued education. Showing that kind of faith in me grew the confidence to set and strive for ambitious academic and professional goals. Maintaining the momentum to reach long-term goals is less about being smart and more about knowing what to do after you fail. It is about how to get back up, reflect upon why something did not work, try another way to solve the problem, and not give up–those are the academic and life lessons from FA that stick with me.  I tell my nine-year old son when he moans about 4th grade homework or frets over a less than stellar test score, that yes, I had to do a lot of homework to graduate from the 25th grade and I tanked my share of exams, but I kept learning, continued to challenge myself, and never gave up.

Lynne-Coy-OganLynne Coy-Ogan, EdD, Class of 1983

Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan served as Student Council President, Key Club President, and Varsity Club President in addition to receiving the Maine Principal’s Award in 1983. She was an AFS student to the Netherlands, a Girls State delegate, and a member of Teen Conference.  Lynne also served on the Pony Express newspaper committee, the Yearbook Review staff, and the Homecoming committee during her time at Foxcroft Academy.

Lynne earned a B.S. in Education from Boston University, an M.S. in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. She currently serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Husson University, where she previously held the position of Dean of the School of Education. Prior to that she worked as a school principal, teacher specialist, and classroom teacher in several schools in Maryland and Maine. Lynne was selected as Maine’s National Distinguished Principal in 1992 and has taught the Great Beginnings Induction Series for new school administrators for the past 12 years for the Maine Principal’s Association. Currently serving as a Trustee of Foxcroft Academy, Lynne has also served on the Board of Directors at the Maine Discovery Museum, the Technology Education Center, and the Maine Principal’s Association in addition to serving on several task forces and higher education program review committees for the Maine Department of Education.

How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?

The four years I spent at Foxcroft Academy provided me with a tremendous academic foundation and a wide-array of leadership opportunities. The school culture at FA promoted student achievement and encouraged students to strive for success. My involvement in various clubs at FA helped me develop important leadership skills and my AFS experience in the Netherlands broadened my global perspective. As a life-long educator, I have always been grateful for the educational experience I received at FA, as it helped me develop a personal understanding of how quality educational experiences can really transform student lives.

Jennifer-HartleyJennifer Hartley, MD, Class of 1986

According to the 1986 FA Review, Dr. Jennifer Hartley’s ambition was to be the first woman Secretary of State, but according to her senior horoscope she thought she would end up being a first selectman of the Town of Bowerbank. Jennifer grew up on the shores of Sebec Lake in Bowerbank, the daughter of Richard and Elaine Hartley. She has one brother, Richard Hartley, who graduated in 1989.

While at Foxcroft, Jenny was voted mostly likely to succeed and the most sophisticated of the Class of 1986. She was Class President for three years, on the Pony Express staff for four years, and a member of the National Honor Society. According to faculty member Rusty Willette, “Jennifer was a superior history student and while here wrote a history of the Town of Bowerbank.” She graduated fourth out of 75 in the Class of 1986 and was accepted to Princeton, from which she received her Bachelor’s Degree in cultural anthropology magna cum laude. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University and an M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2007. After completing a family medicine residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she now specializes in women’s health and obstetrics. Jenny has worked extensively in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She is currently researching a book on traditional foods eaten during pregnancy and post-partum, and she plans to head to Central Asia again soon.

Jenny would like to express her gratitude to the teachers and staff of Foxcroft Academy for always encouraging her interests and aspirations, and providing a strong foundation from which to leap into life.

Eric-BrownEric Brown, PhD, Class of 1989

At Foxcroft Academy, Dr. Eric Brown participated in Gifted and Talented Writing, French and Key Clubs, was a four-year member of the Math Team and Latin Club, and won a state championship in the 300m hurdles, setting a school record. After graduation, Eric was awarded a four-year Presidential Scholarship at the University of Maine, where he earned degrees in both English and Zoology. He pursued his doctoral studies as a Board of Regents Fellow at Louisiana State University, receiving his Ph.D. in English Literature and the Lewis P. Simpson prize for outstanding dissertation in 1998.

After teaching for three years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Eric spent one year as a Visiting Fellow in Renaissance studies at Harvard University before returning to his home state to begin work in the English Department at the University of Maine at Farmington.  Since then he has been a visiting professor twice at Harvard, a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bergen, Norway, and has also taught at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France.

In addition to more than thirty essays on such writers as Shakespeare, Milton, and Spenser, Eric has published two books, Insect Poetics and Shakespeare in Performance, and completed another monograph on the cinematic history of Milton’s Paradise Lost. His study of Milton’s poem recently led to work as a script consultant for Legendary Pictures on a Hollywood film adaptation of the epic. Eric is currently Professor of English at the University of Maine at Farmington, and in 2011-12 was named Trustee Professor by the University of Maine system.

How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life??

I consider myself fortunate to have had an extraordinary number of academically gifted classmates. Many of us had been together since elementary school, and we challenged and motivated each other in virtually every discipline. I owe a great deal to my high school peers.  The faculty and staff at FA provided numerous opportunities for academic development, and their enthusiasm and commitment remain models for my own teaching. Jim Brown taught me how to write, Patricia Mullis how to love Latin, and Gary Worthing how not to flinch during dissections. Rusty Willette led a group of us to Washington, D. C., for a national competition on the Constitution, and Priscilla White placed me in the Gifted and Talented writing program, where I got to take a class with Stephen King. During the summer before my senior year I was able to travel through southern Africa with the explorer and filmmaker Quentin Keynes, whose presentations at FA were at the time an annual event. My years at FA could hardly have been more enriching, and I am grateful for the depth and variety of experience I had there.

Tracy-Michaud-StutzmanTracy S. Michaud Stutzman, PhD, Class of 1992

Dr. Tracy S. Michaud Stutzman graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1992 and has many good memories of her time there. She participated in band, chorus and drama. Highlights include singing the national anthem in Washington D.C. at the National “We the People” competition that the AP history class attended and receiving honors at the state drama competition and the all-state music festival. She also was captain of the basketball team, played field hockey and tennis, participated in Latin Club, Key Club, and National Honors Society, was a Rose Award recipient, and won the State Science Fair in Physics.

Tracy currently resides in Scarborough with her husband and two girls. For more than a decade she has worked on community economic development in Maine, focusing on the arts. She was the original staff person for the Center Theatre in downtown Dover-Foxcroft and co-chair of the capital campaign that purchased and renovated the theatre. Working with local economic development corporations, Tracy founded and ran The Maine Highlands Guild, which merged in 2008 with the Maine Crafts Association, a non-profit organization that promotes Maine Craft Artists. As Executive Director of The Guild, she received State and National recognition as the winner of the 2003 National Social Venture Competition sponsored by Columbia University.  Tracy sat on the Maine Governor’s Council for the Creative Economy and the Governor’s Council on Quality of Place. She was a leader in the Realize!Maine Youth Initiative. She recently served on the board of the Maine Association of Non-Profits, the national Craft Organization Development Association, and the World Crafts Council.  She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Maine Arts Commission and a Trustee of Foxcroft Academy.

In 2005 Tracy was chosen for Maine Biz magazine’s “NEXT” list and in 2007 won the Governors Award for CDBG Administrator of the Year and the Warren “Pete” Myrick Community Service Award. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Maine Crafts Association, she oversaw the creation of The Center for Maine Craft as well as an Associate’s Degree in Traditional and Contemporary Craft at Eastern Maine Community College. Tracy is now a professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern Maine, focusing her teaching in the Tourism and Hospitality Degree program. Part of her original dissertation research can be read in the book Iroquoian Archaeology and Analytic Scale. In her spare time Tracy sings and performs with various Maine theaters.

How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?

The teachers, coaches, and opportunities at FA helped me find confidence, inspired me to dream, and taught me to pick myself up after a fall–three important life skills that I still put to good use.

Tom-AllenThomas Allen, Class of 1994

Thomas Allen graduated third in the Foxcroft Academy Class of 1994 and was the recipient of a gold medal in the State Science Fair Technology Division, a Maine State Legislative Award, a National Merit Scholarship, and the MTA Clyde Russell Scholarship. At the Academy, Tom participated in a broad range of academics and extracurriculars, including musical and dramatic theater, Latin Club, Math Team, National Honor Society, Gifted and Talented Theater Arts, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, and Barbershop Quartet.

Tom then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. While at MIT, Tom secured a prestigious VI-A Internship, working during college summers on weather satellites at Lockheed-Martin Corporation.

The first seven years of Tom’s career were spent at BAE Systems, working on thermal imaging technology used by soldiers and firefighters. During this time, Tom won a Chairman’s Award for his work on night vision electronics for the US Army.  In 2006, Tom moved to the forefront of the robotics industry at iRobot Corporation. Since that time, Tom has led teams designing some of the world’s most sophisticated robots, from bomb disposal to remote medicine to home cleaning. These robots have saved thousands of lives and improved countless more. Recently Tom has been working with MIT faculty to start a new robotics company, excited to once again take the industry in new directions.

How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?

In the world today, it is difficult to find a place with a strong small town community ethic that still offers top-notch education opportunities. Foxcroft Academy makes Dover-Foxcroft and the surrounding towns just such a rare place. Many of my hobbies today (hiking, canoeing, playing guitar, singing, golfing, etc.) come from passions developed during my days at the Academy and during my free time in the woods and rivers surrounding it.

The entire faculty and staff of FA are outstanding, both in terms of capability and commitment to the students. In addition, the families of the students, and indeed the entire community, really come together to support the students and encourage their success. It is this sense of community and mutual supportiveness that has led me to try to focus my efforts in both my career and my personal life on those things that will truly help people. And it is why Dover and the surrounding communities are still such a wonderful place to come back to with my wife and children now, whether it is to look at the reindeer on the Academy lawn at Christmas or celebrate a reunion at Sebec Lake with my classmates.

It is true that I owe much of my personal and career success and happiness to my time at Foxcroft Academy; it is a special institution in a special place.

Hall of Fame inductees (2013)

Present at the induction ceremony were, left to right, Eric Brown, Tracy Michaud Stutzman, Thomas Allen, Rebecca Maynard, Lynne Coy-Ogan, and Troy Hartley.