Ron Beard, Chairman

Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic and an emeritus professor of the University of Maine, who was based in Hancock County for more than 30 years. His work with the Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant focused on community development education. He has served on a number of local boards, including: College of the Atlantic Board of Trustees from 2004-present; Bar Harbor Town Council from 1994-2000; Mount Desert Island Hospital Board of Trustees from 1979-94 as a member and chairman; Bar Harbor Planning Board, Chairman and Member from 1977 to 1993; and the Mount Desert Island YMCA as Capital Fund Drive Co-chairman from 1994-1997.

He lives with his wife Sandi Read, who operates Wild Iris Farm, and he hosts “Talk of the Towns,” a regular monthly public affairs program broadcast on WERU Community Radio which he began in 1993.