Laurie Gagnon Lachance: Class of 1979

Lachance as a senior at FA

Laurie Lachance was the valedictorian of her class, participated in band (All-State), chorus, and dance band all four years at FA, played field hockey, basketball, and tennis, and was involved in Student Council and yearbook production. She earned a B.A. in Economics at Bowdoin College, where she was a James Bowdoin Scholar, and completed an MBA at Thomas College.

Laurie has won many awards, including the Governor Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award, the Thomas College Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award, and FA’s Dr. Mary Chandler Lowell Award. She has been inducted into the Deborah Morton Society and will receive an honorary degree at UMPI’s graduation this May.

Laurie spent several years working as Central Maine Power’s Corporate Economist, was appointed the Maine State Economist by three different governors, and is currently the president and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a high quality of life for all Maine people by empowering leaders, strengthening communities, and guiding public policy. (She will be leaving this position in July 2012 to become the first female president in Thomas College’s history.) “I have loved every single job, and my career has given me a chance to get to know people around the entire state, which is very fun and rewarding,” she said.

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

“Anybody who knows me or has heard me speak around the state knows how incredibly proud I am of my hometown and of Foxcroft Academy. It has definitely shaped my life and grounded me in so many ways. I treasure my friendships, and I long to return to Sebec Lake each year and to Homecoming weekend to see everybody and to experience small town Maine. There are several teachers at FA for whom I have the greatest respect and who motivated and inspired me to be my very best. I can’t begin to imagine a more wonderful place to learn and grow.”

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