By SJC Press Room

(Standish, Maine) - Saint Joseph’s College Student Body President Elizabeth Cummons '20 was selected to become one of 28 Maine students to participate in the 2019 Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership Institute. NEW Leadership is an undergraduate student leadership program sponsored by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center developed to address the under-representation of women in politics. Maine NEW Leadership is a six day residential program designed to educate and empower the next generation of young leaders for civil and political participation.



Elizabeth Cummons at the State House.

NEW Leadership participants attended legislative sessions at the State House and met with Governor Janet Mills. Participants also toured the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, an archive, museum, and educational facility dedicated to preserving the legacy of Senator Margaret Chase Smith, who served in the United States Senate from 1949-1973.  During the tour, Elizabeth introduced Angela Stockwell, Margaret Chase Smith's long-time personal secretary and current Collection Specialist at the Library. Elizabeth, a Political Science major from Lincolnville, Maine, is set to graduate in May, 2020. 


2019 Maine National Education for Women Leadership Participants.


About Saint Joseph’s College

Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts College with a commitment to sustainability and wellness. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a nationally renown Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. The College provides certificates and undergraduate and advanced degrees for thousands more working adults who reside throughout the United States and in more than 20 other countries through an online learning program. In 2015 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized the College’s focus on community service through its mission and daily interactions with local, regional, and global communities with the Community Engagement Classification.