Greg Powell, chair form the board of directors for the Harold Alfond Foundation, commended University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Athletics Director Ken Ralph, Senior Associate Athletic Director Seth Woodcock and University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy for their leadership in a Bangor Daily News article about the Harold Alfond Foundation’s $90 million gift for UMaine Athletics. “Ken Ralph is the best athletic director in the free world and Chancellor (Dannel) Malloy and President (Joan) Ferrini-Mundy are rock stars,” Powell said, adding that Woodcock is a terrific asset for the university system. The $90 million gift for UMaine Athletics, part of an overall $240 million commitment to the University of Maine System, will provide support to maintain excellence in the state’s only Division I athletics program, advance gender equity, and provide a preferred destination for high school sports championships, large academic fairs and competitions, and community events. “Mr. Alfond believed deeply in the UMaine athletic program. It’s our only Division I program and he (always) felt a need to make a major contribution to lift the program to a whole new level,” Powell said.