Andrea Thompson McCall of South Portland, the founding director of Community Service Learning at the University of Southern Maine, was presented the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by Maine Campus Compact, in a ceremony held in the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta. She will retire as director on June 28.
“Andrea has been a dedicated reformer on her own campus and a steadfast supporter of Maine Campus Compact,” Craig DeForest, MCC program director, said in presenting the award. “She is a brilliant and committed activist for campus civic engagement at USM and throughout the state.”
Campus Compact, headquartered in Boston, Ma. and founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the Education Commission of the United States, is dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement. Maine Campus Contact, whose state office is at Bates College in Lewiston, was founded in 1994, and leads a movement to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education.
DeForest noted that she is a “brilliant and committed activist for campus civic engagement - at USM and throughout the state.”
“I was surprised to be presented with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award,” McCall said in response to the honor. “I’m very flattered and gratified, especially if it brings favorable attention to the work of civic engagement at USM.”
McCall, who joined USM 19 years ago, also has held positions at community colleges and in an Ivy League institution and has served concurrently as USM’s Interfaith Chaplain. She earned her B.A. in philosophy and religion from Rollins College in Florida and her M.Div. in theology from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in New York. McCall completed the Campus Compact Professional Development Institute for Community Service and Service Learning Professionals in 2006.