Karl As A Person
Karl is a Maine native, born in Bangor in 1963 and grew up in Medway. He is married to Dr. Kathy Ward, President and Partner of Penobscot Eye Care in Brewer and they have 3 children: Katie who is 19 and graduated Salutatorian in 2012 from John Bapst High School. Katie is now a 2nd year premed student at Penn. Ryan is 17 and graduated from John Bapst High School in May of 2014 and is attending Johns Hopkins this fall. And Braeden is 13 and is attending John Bapst High School this fall.
Karl is a Huge Red Sox fan who also enjoys gardening, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, travel history and politics.
Karl’s number one job is being a father and a husband. Everything else is extra...!
Education / Academics
- Graduate, Schenck High School, East Millinocket, Maine, 1981
- Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, University of Maine with degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management
- Graduate, Associated General Contractors of America Project Management Program, Dallas, TX, 1997
- Graduate, Bangor Region Leadership Institute (first-ever applicant), 1998
- Graduate, Associated General Contractors of America Executive Management Program, Dallas, TX, 2001
- Graduate, Leadership Maine, Maine Development Foundation (Omicron Class), 2008
- Adjunct Professor of Engineering, University of Maine, 1995 – 2005. Taught over 500 college students.
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
- Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society, 1984
- Tau Alpha Pi National Engineering Technology Honor Society, 1993
- Phi Kappa Phi National Academic Honor Society, 1993
- Dean’s List all semesters of program
- Presidential Academic Achievement Book Award, 1984, 1993
- Outstanding Senior, College of Engineering, University of Maine, 1993
- Valedictorian (highest GPA), College of Engineering, University of Maine, 1993
- G. Clifton Eames Award for Outstanding Community Service, Bangor Region Leadership Institute, 2002
- UMaine Engineering “Hall of Fame”, Francis Crowe Society, 2009
- Recognized for contributions to the Restoration of the famous Paul Bunyan statue, Bangor, 2009 Business & Industry Award, Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2011
- Awarded the “Key to the City” of Brewer for Brewer Business Development, 2013
Karl As A Community Leader
Chairman, President’s Advisory Board, Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine (2005 –
Served as member, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Community and Industrial Advisory Board to the President of EMCC. Received feedback from the Maine business community about how EMCC could best meet the technical and training needs of Eastern and Central Maine, communicated as a liaison to the greater Bangor business community, lobbied Augusta on behalf of our Community College System, and conducted bi- monthly outreach meetings with business leaders to demonstrate our ongoing mission and activities designed to promote Maine’s economy.
Industrial Advisor, UMaine College of Engineering, School of Technology (2006 – present).
As a member of the Industrial Advisory Board, I consult on emerging industry trends, analyze program effectiveness and receive student feedback in order to improve the Construction Management Program, its curriculum and its graduates so they can more effectively meet the needs of industry upon graduation.
Co-Founder, Eastern Maine Community College Civil Engineering Technology Program (2006 -
Helped lead the creation of this Associate Degree program in Civil Engineering including curriculum development, budgeting, funding, facilities and coordination with programs at the University of Maine. Has produced dozens of graduates since 2008 that fill a very necessary technical role in Maine’s economy. Continue to Chair the Industrial Advisory Committee for this program.
Trustee, Volunteer - John Bapst Memorial High School (2009 – present).
Also serve on the Finance and Building and Grounds Committee. Was instrumental in the research, planning, development and implementation of John Bapst’s new International Boarding Program which integrates nearly 60 students from around the world into John Bapst Memorial High School. This program has revolutionized and stabilized the financial picture of John Bapst, adding over 50% growth in revenues and 4 new jobs to the school, while infusing over $2M into the local economy. I also actively support John Bapst with donations for several classroom “Smart boards” and athletics programs, particularly baseball with a donation of a new pitching machine and I sponsor 1⁄2 of the cost of a team trip
Co-founder, Donor – UMaine College of Engineering Education Excellence Fund (2010 – present).
Developed by private industry to bolster an under-funded State of Maine budget that left the Construction Management Program one professor short of program requirements. Eventually, I, along with other industry leaders, met with, and convinced incoming UM President Paul Ferguson to restore funding. I continue to contribute annually.
Student Scholarship Development I believe strongly in the notion that we must constantly strive to Build the Future of Maine through our young people. There are few better ways to do this than through the support of their education. To that end, I have established several education scholarships throughout Maine:
University of Maine College of Engineering – John F. “Jack” Kelley Scholarship (2005)
$15,000 initial endowment created to honor the significant contributions made to education in construction by the then-outgoing, long-time NOD President Jack Kelley. This scholarship is targeted toward UMaine Construction Management students that meet specific academic performance criteria.
Nickerson & O’Day Scholarship Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine (2009)
$15,000 initial endowment created to assist a student each year who intends to pursue an engineering or construction degree at a Maine college or university.
Rhonda L. “Roni” Thompson Memorial Scholarship – Schenck High School, East Millinocket,
$20,000 initial endowment created to honor Katahdin Region community activist and volunteer Roni Thompson who lost her 7-year battle with cancer in March, 2012. I also delivered her eulogy.
Director, Volunteer, Coach, Donor – Holbrook Little League (2006 – present)
Led the effort and donated significant construction to the development of HLL’s McPherson Field including a new 25’ scoreboard (2008), new 2-story snack shack and scorer’s booth (2006), new dual batting cages (2010) and new bullpen (2012). Solely responsible for a $6000 fundraising effort to add nearly 50 new corporate supporters. Sponsored and coached several (very successful) teams from Farm League (age 6-8) to Senior League (age 15-16), winning several championships and teaching valuable life lessons. This league serves 80-120 youth in the Dedham, Holden, Eddington area each year.
Volunteer, Sponsor – Motor City American Legion Baseball (2013 – present)
Am currently serving as General Manager for this organization, which provides advanced and elite baseball opportunities for young men from John Bapst, Old Town, Orono and Bangor Christian high schools that otherwise would likely not exist. Many of these players go on play at a college level.
Board of Governors – WLBZ2 To Those Who Care Awards (2012 – present)
Here I have had the privilege of reading of many amazing Maine volunteers who give of their time selflessly and often anonymously...simply because they care about those around them. As a BOG member, I help decide on the ultimate award recipients. As also a sponsor of the program, I am allowed the privilege of co-hosting the annual awards show on WLBZ2, the NBC affiliate in Bangor. It is a highlight of my year and I am humbled when I learn about these amazing Maine volunteers!
Volunteer, Donor – Restore Our Paul Bunyan Statue (2009)
Participated and donated gift- in-kind effort to restore the 50-year-old, iconic Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor, Maine to its original 1959 condition. He still stands today in front of the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.