UMPI Recognizes Michael Boies as Distinguished Alumni


The University of Maine at Presque Isle has honored Michael Boies with a Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to an alumnus/alumna who has made long-term contributions to the Alumni Association or the University, or who has received professional recognition that has reflected positively on the University.

Michael Boies graduated from the University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Recreation. He later received certification as a leisure professional (CLP) from the National Recreation and Park Association in 1996. Following graduation, he was hired as physical education teacher, coach and Athletic Director at Calais High School and held this position until becoming the Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Brownville in 1981. In 1985, he transitioned to the Town of Baileyville, where he currently holds the title of Parks and Recreation Director.

Boies was responsible for the start-up of, and currently maintains, the region’s Community Access TV station that serves the communities of Baileyville/Woodland, Calais, Princeton, Baring and Robbinston. The station has been serving the public for 20 years.

Boies’ service to the community includes his work as Assistant State Commissioner for Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball for more than 20 years and President of the Downeast Cal Ripken Baseball league for more than 30 years. He has also been a member of the President’s Advisory Board for Washington County Community College, the University of Maine at Machias Sports and Recreation Advisory Board, and President of the Down East Elementary/Jr. High School Cross Country League.


Boies has also provided radio play-by-play announcing for the local high school basketball games (Woodland & Calais) for more than 30 years and served as an International Association of Approved Basketball Officials official for more than 30 years. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Council (Catholic) and lector for Mass on Saturday and Sunday for more than 20 years. He received the Recreation & Parks Association Professional of the Year award in 2002.