Postponed: Maine State Forum Series presents Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap

In the interest of community health, this event will be rescheduled in the fall.

The Maine State Forum series with Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Fireside Lounge in the Randall Student Center, Augusta campus has been postponed and will be rescheduled this fall. Secretary Dunlap will discuss the many areas overseen by his department and discuss related topics of interest with those in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

A specifically designated official in the Maine Constitution, the Secretary of State oversees a number of constitutionally and statutorily designated areas that touch the lives of nearly every Maine citizen, including all statewide elections, motor vehicle registration, driver licensure, corporate filings, and archival document retention.

During his presentation at the Maine State Forum Secretary Dunlap will touch upon these duties and engage with those in attendance on a variety of related topics, including Maine’s voting process, REAL ID, and Maine’s Bicentennial.

The Maine State Forum invites prominent Maine policymakers to speak at the University of Maine at Augusta on topics of interest to the Maine community. The question and answer format after the presentation allows attendees to learn and interact with policymakers. The program is coordinated by Assistant Professor Sharon McMahon Sawyer of the Justice Studies Department.

About the Speaker

Matthew Dunlap
Image provided of Matthew Dunlap, Courtesy of Secretary of State’s Office.

Matthew Dunlap of Old Town was elected by the Legislature to serve as Maine’s 47th and 49th Secretary of State. On January 8, 2019, he began his fourth consecutive and seventh overall term in office. He previously served three terms as Maine’s 47th Secretary of State and is the first person to serve non-consecutive terms as Secretary of State since 1880.

Secretary Dunlap’s career in public service began with his election to the Maine House of Representatives in 1996. During eight years in the Legislature, he served three terms as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Dunlap is a founder and vice-president of Maine’s Youth Fish and Game Association), and is president of the University of Maine ‘M’ Club. He is a monthly columnist for the Northwoods Sporting Journal, and is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the New England Outdoor Writers Association. In 2011, he served as Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. He is a former Commissioner on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and served as a member of the national Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. For a more detailed biography, please visit:

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UMA’s Justice Studies Program

Justice Studies offers students interested in: law enforcement at the federal, state or local level, security (tangible or virtual), corrections and/or probation, investigations of tangible or cyber-crime, or the law—as lawyer or paralegal—the opportunity to acquire an academic foundation for all law-related fields and a credential in one or two specialties. Justice Studies offers a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree as well as a Pre-Law Program and certificates in Paralegal Studies, Community Policing, Mediation, and Forensics.

UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.