Chase Smith center taps University of Maine at Fort Kent student

FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent has announced that nursing student Katelynn Dougherty is one of 28 students to be accepted into the prestigious Maine NEW Leadership program at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine.  

Dougherty is a third-year nursing student at UMFK.

“We are very proud of Ms. Dougherty,” said UMFK President John Short. “This is a highly competitive program that students from all over the world apply to be a part of. We are thrilled to have Ms. Dougherty represent UMFK in this capacity.”

According to its website, with this program the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center seeks to “address the under-representation of women in politics,” and “is designed to educate and empower young leaders by giving them the skills necessary to become the next generation of effective civic and political leaders.”

Students who participate in the program are mentored by women who are public leaders as a way to help provide context for the skills they will learn.

“When I received the news that I had been chosen as a participant in Maine NEW Leadership program, I was ecstatic,” said Dougherty, of Palermo, Maine.

“It is a major growth opportunity for me, both personally and academically,” she said. “I am eager to gain leadership, advocacy, and networking skills that will be utilized throughout my entire career and personal life.” 

The program chooses applicants based on leadership potential, their ability to handle challenges, and their interest in public service, and encourages graduates to take part in campus-wide leadership positions and work toward a future of civic engagement and participation.

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