George N. Campbell, Jr.
George N. Campbell joined the USM Foundation in 2015, bringing a depth of leadership skills and experience in both the private and public sectors. As president, Campbell has overseen the Foundation’s transition to an independent, nonprofit organization, one that operates separately but collaboratively with the University to support its mission of student success and community engagement.
In addition to leading the Foundation, Campbell also serves as interim CEO of Maine Center Ventures, advancing plans for a new Maine Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, a University of Maine System initiative.
Campbell has a long and rich history of public, private, and community service. He has helped to raise millions of dollars in private philanthropy and understands the essential role philanthropy plays in the lifeblood of the University. Under his leadership, the Foundation is initiating programs to broaden community participation and engagement, increase scholarship giving, expand University resources, and invest in new programs and facilities to benefit students, faculty, and staff.
The Foundation recently launched the multi-million-dollar “Next Generation” Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign, the largest in USM’s history. Goals include significant funding for capital projects such as a new Performing Arts Center on the Portland campus, and USM’s new Promise Scholarship program for disadvantaged Maine youth.
Prior to his appointment, Campbell served as vice president of services for Louis Berger. He was president of CBRE/The Boulos Company, president of Pierce Atwood Strategies, and president and owner of Governmental Services Inc. In the public sector, he served as the commissioner of the Departments of Transportation in both Maine and New Hampshire. He was the Maine State Development Director and also served on the Portland City Council, with a term as mayor.
Campbell has served on a wide range of governmental and nonprofit boards, most recently completing service on the board of Martin’s Point Health Care. Currently, he serves on the advisory board of Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine.
Campbell is a native of Brewer, Maine, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration from the University of Maine.