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
President of the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations; Spruce Head, ME

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

Ms. Kate Kirby
Founder & Director of Kindred Planet Productions; Orono, ME
UMaine Global Policy ’13

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

Ms. Marjorie Murray Medd
Education and Economic Development Advocate; Norway, ME

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

Dr. Carol Kim, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

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

Dr. Daniel H. Sandweiss, SPIA Director and Professor of Anthropology and Quaternary and Climate Studies

CAPT James D. Settele, USN (Ret.), Chief of Staff

Dr. Mario F. Teisl, Chair and Professor, School of Economics