William Beardsley

William Beardsley REPRepublican


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William BeardsleyREPRepublican Politician
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William Beardsley (born July 4, 1942) is an American politician from Maine. A resident of Ellsworth, Maine, Beardsley served as the Commissioner of Conservation in the cabinet of Maine Governor Paul LePage from 2011 to August 2012 after serving from 1987 to 2009 as the president/CEO of Husson University in Bangor, Maine.He ran in the Maine Republican Party's primary for governor in 2010, finishing 5th of 7 candidates behind eventual general election winner Paul LePage. He was appointed by LePage in early 2011 to be Commissioner of Conservation. As conservation commissioner, Beardsley sought to reform the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission, a body established in 1971 that serves "as the planning and zoning authority for areas that do not have the capacity to administer land use controls (principally, townships and plantations )." He was criticized by environmental groups and some Democratic Party legislators, who Beardsley criticized as "elitist".In August 2012, Beardsley was appointed to an open seat on the State Board of Education after the Department of Conservation was merged with the Department of Agriculture. In 2015, Beardsley was appointed acting Commissioner of Education by Governor LePage, but he was never confirmed to the position. Governor LePage appointed a series of Deputy Commissioners while continuing to assert Beardsley was de facto "in charge" of the Department despite Democratic legislators' opposition to his confirmation and limits in the length of "acting" capacity. Beardsley resigned at the end of 2016. Controversy about Beardsley's service included questions about his knowledge of sexual abuse perpetrated by Rev. Bob Carlson, who died by suicide in mid-November 2012.

Education4 - 4 of 2
Earlham College
BA Economics
John Hopkins University
PhD Economics
Past Positions1 - 14 of 14
Acting Commissioner
Maine Department of Education
2015 - 2016
Acting Commissioner
Maine Department of Education
Commissioner of Conservation
State of Maine
2011 - 2012
Husson University
1987 - 2009
Interim Executive Vice-President
Husson University
1986 - 1987
Branch Manager
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
1985 - 1986
Office of Forest Products, State of Alaska
1982 - 1985
Associate Professor
Alaska Pacific University
1981 - 1982
Executive Director
Center for Entrepreneurship Development, Alaska Pacific University
1981 - 1982
Vice President
Bangor Hydro Electric Company
1976 - 1981
Assistant to the President
Green Mountain Power Company
1973 - 1976
Governor Aide
Deane Davis of Vermont
1970 - 1973
Dean of Agriculture, University of Vermont
1969 - 1970
Assistant Professor
University of Vermont
1969 - 1970
Other Experience1 - 4 of 4
Maine Higher Education Council
New England School of Communications
Finance Authority of Maine
Maine Development Foundation