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President Flanagan donates half of his salary for scholarship funding

Posted on February 09, 2015 in News
By Sam Hill

President David Flanagan during a board of trustees meeting in October.
Sam Hill | The Free Press
President David Flanagan during a board of trustees meeting in October.

President David Flanagan announced today that he will be donating half of his annual salary to the USM Foundation, pledging $100,000 to be put toward student scholarships.

“We understand how vital it is for all of us connected to USM–faculty, staff, administration, alumni and friends–to be engaged in supporting our students and strengthening our role in the wider metropolitan community,” said Flanagan in a press release distributed on Monday morning.

The donated funds will be used to provide students with immediate need-based scholarships and to create a new endowed fund called  the David and Kaye’ 73 Flanagan Scholarship Fund, named after Flanagan and his wife.

“Kaye and I both came from modest economic backgrounds, and we know first-hand how important scholarship financial assistance was to us personally,” said David Flanagan. “We’re committed to helping bring the opportunity of a college education into reach for more Maine families.”

“I am proud of my USM education and am happy to contribute to its ongoing mission of affordable quality education for families like ours,” added Kaye Flanagan.

According to the release, this donation was sparked by another substantial donation to USM.

Richard “Doc” Costello, former USM Athletic Director, and his wife Melissa Costello, former chair of the School of Education, have announced that they will bequeath $750,000  to the University of Southern Maine Foundation for improvements to the Costello Sports Complex, the Gorham campus athletics facility named after the couple.

“We are thrilled with this wonderful gift from Melissa and Doc Costello.  Between the two of them, they had a huge impact on USM during their careers, particularly in the School of Education, where they both had faculty appointments,” said Cecile Aitchison, president of the USM Foundation. “As a coach and a teacher, Doc supported students in and out of the classroom.”


  • Blundemeier

    I agree 100%. This is a drop in the bucket compared to the irreparable harm this “President” has wrought on the University.

  • Curious Mainer

    Kudos to the donors but shouldn’t the headline read Retired USM Faculty Doc and Melissa Costello donate $750,000 to USM! What an amazing gift on faculty salaries and what a legacy they leave of engagement with and contributions to students.

  • David Jester

    You can’t buy forgiveness for misdeeds. What a hatchet. He’s generous to the students of the future, but what about the current students whose programs he eliminated, making us second rate citizens at the university. Maybe his conscience finally got the better of him.

  • Jennifer Ditano

    This is excellent!

  • Anonymous

    This is good. Wish there were an easy way for faculty who are supposed to receive ±$180/independent study could simply redirect that money to scholarships, not receive any of it at all in pay.


    Glad to see you writing Sam.