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SMCC Holds Light on the Point Event recognizing retiring President Dr. Jim Ortiz

Community, business and higher education leaders gather to celebrate his 10 years of service

South Portland – Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) will hold its annual “A Light on the Point” event this Thursday evening, June 23rd at the South Portland campus recognizing retiring SMCC President, Dr. James O. Ortiz and his ten years of leadership at the College.  The “A Light on the Point” event is designed to recognize and honor business and community leaders who have demonstrated outstanding support for the College and higher education in Maine.

Over 250 guests are expected at the event honoring Ortiz, including top Maine CEO’s, philanthropists and college and university leaders as well elected officials.  The event is being held with the support of over 40 major Maine companies, including several companies that are led by successful SMCC alumni such as Norway Savings Bank CEO & President, Robert Harmon, Great Falls Construction President, Jon Smith, and D&G Machine owner, Duane Gushee. All of the proceeds for the event will benefit the Southern Maine Community College Foundation, whose mission is to provide critical financial support for the students and programs at SMCC. More information on the event is available at

Dr. Ortiz, the 2011 A Light on the Point Awardee, became president of what was then Southern Maine Technical College in February of 2002.  Under his leadership, the college transitioned to a comprehensive community college and became the fastest growing community college in New England, tripling its growth between 2002 and the fall of 2010.  Over the past several years, Dr. Ortiz has laid the groundwork for SMCC’s new Midcoast Campus at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The President of the Maine Community College System John Fitzsimmons will offer the tribute to Ortiz at the event.   Fitzsimmons praises Dr. Ortiz’s leadership of SMCC and his commitment to the college and its students: “ Dr. Ortiz has brought enormous energy, innovation, and focus to SMCC.  His impact on the college, the community, and the students he has served will be long lasting.”

Dr. Ortiz will retire on July 29th.

What:  Light on the Point
When: June 23rd, 5:30 - 8:00  (program to begin at 6:30)
Where: SMCC Dining Hall, 2 Fort Rd., So. Portland
Who: Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons, SMCC President Dr. Jim Ortiz, SMCC Vice President, Dr. Janet Sortor and Foundation Board Chair, Ralph Good

Southern Maine Community College empowers students to respond to a changing world and enhances economic and cultural development in Southern Maine by providing a variety of educational opportunities and partnerships.



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