In a unanimous vote of the State Senate, Cianbro Vice President Alan Burton has been confirmed to a five year term on the Maine State Board of Education. He was nominated for the position this summer by Governor Paul LePage. As one of Cianbro’s most passionate leaders in efforts to develop training and education programs for the company’s team members -- ranging from crafts skills to leadership -- Alan intends to be an ardent voice on the Board in support of career and technical education as an equal option for Maine citizens. His experience includes service as a member of local curriculum advisory committees, workforce development groups, as well as participating in a variety of state and national education activities. Alan says his efforts at Cianbro to work with diverse groups of people with diverse opinions will serve him well on the Board.
“I’m honored to be appointed,” Alan said after the unanimous vote. “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. I’m pleased that the Governor has the confidence in me to put my name forward. I’d like to make sure that the State continues to invest in young people so that they might stay in Maine and build careers here. That can only be accomplished with a great education system.”
During the confirmation hearings, Alan received support from high places. State Senator Andre Cushing said, “We’re fortunate to have someone of Alan’s caliber who has made a commitment to lifelong education. That commitment is exemplified by his work with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine, for example, with the annual Craft Championships among his most rewarding accomplishments. Part of his success is his wife, Cheryl, a former teacher who has also been a tremendous supporter of education and Maine’s youth over the years.”
Cianbro Chairman and CEO Pete Vigue told the Senate panel, “I have had the privilege of working with Alan for over 35 years at Cianbro and can attest that he is a person of the highest standards, character and capability. Through his strong belief in lifelong learning and education as the path to success, he has devoted his career to promoting opportunities for people to grow and develop their skills and knowledge. Over the years, I have personally witnessed him mentor and coach countless individuals, helping them navigate their own careers to achieve their goals and aspirations. His commitment to the development of people is unparalleled.”
Hope Perkins of ABC Maine added, “Much of Alan’s work with ABC has been focused on improving and expanding opportunities for people to learn and grow. His passion for helping people to realize their true potential through commitment to lifelong learning has played a significant role over the years in the direction our industry has taken with regards to workforce development; education; and training initiatives.”
Alan’s work on the Board begins almost immediately, with introductory meetings with the Chair and Vice Chair on Friday.