Maine Center Receives Gift from Bobby Monks


The Odyssey, a Sign Inside the Monks’ Estate on Cape Elizabeth, That Leads to the Family Home on the Waterfront via a Paved Path.

Monks’ Waterfront Home inside Ram Island Farm on Cape Elizabeth.

Cape Elizabeth resident Bobby Monks and Bonnie Porta have given a $1 million gift to the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center.  The gift will be used to support the Maine Center’s mission to prepare leaders for Maine through interdisciplinary, experiential and market-driven graduate and professional education.

Located in Portland, but serving students and employees statewide, the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center brings together programs in law, business, policy and public health to train the workforce of the future and grow Maine’s economy. The Maine Center and its affiliate programs develop cross-disciplinary, experiental and market-driven  programming for graduate students in its focus disciplines, tailored to the evolving needs of Maine’s civic, non-profit, business and legal communities.

Monks is an entrepreneur, member of the Maine Center Ventures Board of Directors and a co-chair of the Maine Center campaign.  His wife, Millicent Monks, is a descendent of Andrew Carnegie.  Mrs. Monks also wrote a controversial book about ten years ago, “Songs of Three Islands.”   Please visit post herein dated September 12, 2010 for more information on that book.