NBT Bank’s $25,000 Gift Supports Student Leadership at the University of Southern Maine

The bank is a Founding Sponsor of USM’s new McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success

The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received a generous $25,000 gift from NBT Bank, a Founding Sponsor of the newly opened McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success on USM’s Portland campus. NBT Bank is a full-service community bank with offices in Portland, Maine, as well as banking locations in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The McGoldrick Center Founding Sponsors program offers employer partners like NBT Bank recognition and promotional opportunities in a central location at the heart of USM’s newly transformed Portland campus. NBT Bank is sponsoring the Student Engagement Resource Room on the third floor of the McGoldrick Center and will be recognized with a plaque in that location. 

“As an employer, we’re always looking for new ways to cultivate the skills, ambitions, and talents of tomorrow’s workforce to help drive our future innovation and success,” said Michael O’Reilly, Maine Regional President and President of New England for NBT Bank. “That is why NBT Bank is honored and excited to invest in this partnership to support the McGoldrick Center.”

“We are thrilled to welcome NBT Bank to our growing community of McGoldrick Center Founding Sponsors,” said Ainsley Wallace, President and CEO of the USM Foundation. “We deeply appreciate their sponsorship of the McGoldrick Center’s Student Engagement Resource Room, which supports leadership development and student success at USM.  We look forward to partnering with NBT Bank to develop career-building opportunities for our students and to collaborate in mutually beneficial ways.”

NBT Bank employees (left) Kimberly Twitchell, Senior Director of Affordable Housing, and (right) Mark Schaub, Vice President, Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, at the McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success ribbon cutting on September 27, 2023

USM held its official ribbon-cutting celebration for the McGoldrick Center on Wednesday, September 27, and invited the community to tour the new facility. With its expansive dining area, Husky Brew Pub, University Book Store, Double L Fireside Lounge, and other public spaces on the first floor, the Center is available for community use and is expected to draw more than 800 people through its doors every day.  

The McGoldrick Center’s second floor is home to USM’s expanded Career and Employment Hub, where students can connect with prospective employers or meet with their career counselors. Large multi-purpose meeting spaces, or salons, are available to host career fairs, employer presentations, banquets, and other events. 

The third floor is dedicated to cultivating student leadership opportunities and connections with spaces set aside for USM’s Diversity Center, student organizations, Promise Scholars, the Student Government Business Office, and the Student Engagement Resource Room, sponsored by NBT Bank.

The McGoldrick Center is among the most environmentally sustainable buildings on USM’s transforming Portland campus. It is a three-story, 42,000 square-foot space that is on track to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification. It overlooks the new campus quad, named the “Bean Green,” and sits adjacent to Portland Commons, the first residence hall on USM’s Portland campus.  

About NBT Bank

NBT Bank offers personal banking, business banking and wealth management services from locations in seven states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut. The bank and its parent company, NBT Bancorp Inc., are headquartered in Norwich, NY. NBT Bancorp had assets of $13.83 billion as of September 30, 2023, and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol NBTB. More information about NBT is available online at www.nbtbank.com. Member FDIC.

About the USM Foundation 

The USM Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with the University to support the aspirations of our students and the strategic vision of USM. Now in our third decade of service, the Foundation is raising the critical funds needed to support scholarships and achieve ambitious goals, as we help to catalyze transformation at the University of Southern Maine.