Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association

About Us

The mission of the Fulbright Association is to advocate for the Fulbright Program and promote international education. Our vision is a world where international exchange is widely recognized as a force for peace.

Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Preserving and promoting the legacy of the Fulbright story in Maine and beyond

Our Chapter vision is that Fulbright stories and experiences will be an inspiration to service and participation in Chapter programs that ultimately aim to foster mutual understanding among peoples of the world.

Our Chapter mission is to promote continued opportunities for life-long learning, collaborative networking, service, and programming that celebrate international educational and cultural exchanges in support of Fulbright alumni, aspiring Fulbrighters, and the legacy of J. William Fulbright.


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Elaine S. Potoker

Director, Interloqui

Professor Emerita of Intl. Business & Logistics, Maine Maritime Academy

  • Core Award (Teaching/Research), 2007, Costa Rica
  • Senior Specialist Award (Economics), 2012, Costa Rica
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F. Celeste Branham

Retired Vice President for Student/Community Services Director of the Partnership for Civic Advancement, University of Maine, Farmington

  • International Administrator’s Award, 2013, Germany
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Richard M. Brown

Retired, Non-Profit Healthcare and Social Services

Friend of Fulbright

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Wesley Chaney

Assistant Professor of History, Bates College

  • Fulbright-Hays (Doctoral Dissertation Research), 2013-2014, China


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Matthew Bampton

Professor of Geography, University of Southern Maine

  • Core Award (Teaching/Research), 2014, United Kingdom
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Linda Beck

Associate Dean of Experiential and Global Education Professor of Political Science University of Maine, Farmington

  • Fulbright-Hays (Doctoral Dissertation Research), 1992-1993, Senegal
  • International Administrators Award, 2019, Japan
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Alan Berry

PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, University of Maine Maine State Chapter Leader, Media Literacy Now

  • Study/Research Award, 2017-2018, Kosovo
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Kirsten Brewer

Katahdin Circle Donor Engagement Manager, Natural Resources Council of Maine

  • English Teaching Assistant, 2008, Republic of Korea
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Dorothy Klimis-Zacas

Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Cooperating Graduate Faculty School of Biomedical Sciences & School of Food and Agriculture University of Maine, Orono

  • Core Award (Teaching/Research), 1995, Greece
  • Senior Specialist (Agriculture), 2008, Italy
  • Senior Specialist (Agriculture), 2012, Italy

If you are interested in service on a Committee or know of someone who would be an asset to a Committee or our Board, contact us at