Constance H. Carlson Prize

Honoring exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine.


Diane Magras
Director of Development
(207) 773-5051


Constance Carlson Prize: About Constance Carlson

Constance Carlson

Constance Carlson, above right, with a student. Photo: University of Maine, Presque Isle

Constance H. Carlson, president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle (1980 – 1986) and dean of University College in Bangor, was the first female president of a University of Maine System campus. A graduate of Bangor High School, with an A.B. from Vassar College, an M.A. from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. from Brown University, she taught English at the University of Maine from 1962 to 1972. The first woman to be named outstanding professor of the year at the University of Maine (1972),  in 1992 she received the Maryann Hartman Award for Community Service. Known as a delightful teacher with a lively sense of humor, Connie inspired a feeling of community within all the institutions she served. A founding member of the Maine Humanities Council in 1975, she served on the board until 1981. Continuing to be actively involved in the MHC’s work after her term was over, she was a devoted member of the MHC’s Bangor Community Seminar for many years.