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May 31, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Nominates
New State Archivist

Augusta resident David R. Cheever selected from field of candidates

Augusta -- After a lengthy interview process involving more than one dozen well qualified candidates, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has chosen David R. Cheever as his nominee for the position of State Archivist. The position became available after current State Archivist, James Henderson, announced he will retire effective June 30, 2007, following 20 years of service in this position.

“Mr. Cheever and I share a true reverence for both the State of Maine and its long and storied history,” said Dunlap, “and I am convinced he is especially well-suited to serve as the state’s primary historian.” Mr. Cheever said today, “I am thrilled to learn of Secretary Dunlap’s wish to have me serve as State Archivist. In this time of extraordinary technological developments, it is incumbent upon those entrusted with the State’s archival responsibilities to meet those responsibilities thoroughly with a commitment to the core tasks, with an appreciation of their importance, and with a capacity to blend new technologies and opportunities as they might arise.” Dunlap says the ability to articulate a vision for the future of the Archives is of paramount importance. “David understands what this job will demand of the next State Archivist, and I trust he will approach all work to be done with both the necessary forethought and tenacity.”

Cheever, the current Executive Director of the Maine Cultural Affairs Council, also worked as Public Information Liaison in the Department of the Attorney General, and as a Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the Governor in the Brennan administration. As a journalist on television, radio, and in print, he is the recipient of several awards from the Maine Press Association and the New England Press Association. A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Cheever began his career as a school teacher in Bangor and also taught in both Waterville and Augusta.

Dunlap’s nomination is subject to review by the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. The Committee’s recommendation must be confirmed by the Maine Senate.