Advisory Board

Members of the SPIA Advisory Board are accomplished professionals from the public, private, and non-profit sectors with a wide range of international expertise and experiences. They provide advice to SPIA’s  faculty and staff on issues regarding the program’s strategic direction, its mutual responsibility to the people of Maine, and its relationship with the international community.

Mr. Daniel Churchill, Chair
Former Vice President Finance of Avis Europe PLC; Washington, DC
UMaine Class of ’63

Ambassador William M. Bellamy (Ret.), Vice Chair
Senior Adviser for Africa at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya; Washington, DC

Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi
Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR); Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mr. Thomas M. Deford
Former President of the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations; Spruce Head, ME

Admiral Gregory G. Johnson, USN (Ret.)
Fmr. Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander in Chief Allied Forces, Southern Europe; Harpswell, ME
UMaine Class of ’68

Mr. Peter T. Madigan
Executive and Legislative Branch Strategist, Peck Madigan Jones; Washington, DC
UMaine Class of ’81

Ms. Marjorie Murray Medd
Former Trustee of the UMS and founding Board member; Norway, ME

Mr. Samuel Rioux
Consultant, Brimstone Consulting Group; Washington, DC
UMaine Global Policy ’16

Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba (Ret.)
President, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; Washington, DC

Ambassador Pamela A. White (Ret.)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti and The Gambia; Orr’s Island, ME
UMaine Class of ’71

Mr. Theodore Wilhite
Senior Program Associate at International Republican Institute; Washington, DC
UMaine Global Policy ’14

Ex Officio:

Dr. Carol Kim, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovation and Partnerships

Dr. Jeffrey E. Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Dr. Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Emily A. Haddad, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

CAPT James D. Settele, USN (Ret.), SPIA Director

Mr. Kenneth M. Hillas, Jr., Adjunct Professor of International Affairs