USM will host the first annual Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute later this month. The upcoming inaugural Institute was recently featured in Seacoast Online.
As noted in the Seacoast article, Timothy was president of his family’s company, Hussey Seating Company in North Berwick, and served on the RSU 21 Board of Directors and was a founding member of the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel. He was also a lifelong resident of the Kennebunks and a devoted and tireless champion of education. He lost his two year battle with cancer in June of 2016.
Philip Hussey said the idea for the leadership institute came from his father.
“In the last few months of my Dad’s life, we talked about how to continue doing his work of service leadership in Southern Maine. He had the vision for it,” Philip Hussey said.
As CEO of Hussey Seating Company, Timothy represented the sixth generation of family ownership of the company that was founded in 1835. His leadership extended far beyond managing the company.
He served on the RSU 21 Board of Directors for six years and was awarded the Payson L. Hunter Award for outstanding dedication and service to Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport schools. Hussey was also recognized in 2014 by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce with the Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award.
Upon receiving an acknowledgement from the York County Coast Star in 2014 as a “Mover and Shaker” for his work spearheading the RSU 21 building projects, Hussey referenced his family’s involvement in the local area.
“It’s a legacy of community involvement,” Hussey said. “It’s what I’ve been taught. I believe you give back to the community you believe in. There’s something about working right in the community.”
Senator Susan Collins said Hussey proudly and successfully led one of Maine’s oldest family-owned businesses into the 21st century. "Tim was a remarkable, kind and intelligent leader with a deep commitment to our state and to his community," she said.
The Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute at the University of Southern Maine continues his passion for education and service. It will teach future Maine leaders how to conduct business in a way that is good for the community.
Harvard Business School Professor Rebecca Henderson will kick off the event with a presentation on how big and small companies can embrace the challenge of innovation. Breakout sessions will focus on creative problem solving, leading with integrity, embodied leadership, “doing well and doing good” and servant leadership in the workplace.
Henderson also will close the event with the address, “Reimagining Capitalism: Business and the Big Problems.” She will discuss the powerful role of business in forging solutions to growing -- even catastrophic -- environmental and social concerns. She will pose the question, as a business person, what can you do? The address, which is open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Hannaford Hall on the USM Portland campus.
USM President Glenn Cummings said, “We are honored to share Tim Hussey’s legacy of servant leadership with the next generation of Maine leaders. Tim demonstrated the value of running a business with an attitude of service towards his employees, his community, and the state. In addition, as a business leader, Tim understood the importance of our education system in Maine and devoted countless hours to improving it.”