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Three Honorary Doctorates to be Presented at University of Southern Maine Commencement

At the University of Southern Maine’s 134th commencement ceremony, taking place at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 10, in the Cumberland County Civic Center, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be presented to three people with strong Maine ties.

Judy Ellis Glickman of Cape Elizabeth, is an internationally recognized photographer who, with her husband, the late Albert Brenner Glickman, was a generous benefactor of USM. She will be recognized for her dedication to philanthropy and higher education, her commitment to the memory of the Holocaust and her contributions to the field of photography.

Glickman is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, and has exhibited her photographs worldwide. Her work is represented in over 300 private collections, and is in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

She has published numerous books, most recently, “Upon Reflection: Photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman.” She also lectures on the Holocaust, a frequent subject of her photography.

Ms. Glickman will accept an honorary doctorate on behalf of her husband, the late Albert Brenner Glickman, a Portland native who assumed a leadership volunteer role in numerous charitable, community and business organizations. Mr. Glickman is being recognized for his contributions to business and dedication to philanthropy, the arts, public higher education and health.

USM’s Portland campus library was named the Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library in 1997, commemorating a gift the Glickman’s made to the university. At the Library’s opening ceremony, he said, “Judy and I are both products of public education. There’s no way that I could have gone to college if I had to pay the tuitions that private schools were asking. So, we’ve always had a keen interest in higher education.”

Mr. Glickman was chairman of the Board of Governors for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and on the Board of Councilors for the UCLA Foundation. He also served on the board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Mr. Glickman suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 20 years before his death.

Carol Wishcamper of Freeport, an organizational development consultant, who co-chaired USM’s “Transforming USM: The Capital Campaign” will be recognized for her contributions in the field of leadership and organizational development, her commitment to social justice and her support of education in Maine. The “Transforming USM” campaign allowed USM to redevelop the Portland campus with the construction of the Wishcamper Center, open an expanded Osher Map Library, and the Dorothy Suzi Osher Promenade. Wishcamper has been the chairperson of the Maine State Board of Education, the Northeast representative to the National Association of State Boards of Education, and an executive committee member of the Northeast Association of Schools and Colleges. She also has served as chair of the Freeport School Committee, trustee of the College of the Atlantic and of Waynflete School.

In 2013, Wishcamper was sworn in as one of five members of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, formed to investigate the forced assimilation of Wabanaki children.