WATERVILLE — Laurie Lachance, president of Thomas College, has been selected by The American Cancer Society to serve as honorary chairwoman for this year’s Relay For Life of Waterville In Memory of Martha “Marty” Spann.

In July 2012, Lachance was named as Thomas College’s fifth president. She is the first female and the first alumna to lead this small, dynamic business and liberal arts college in its 119-year history. A frequent author and speaker on the economic status of Maine, she holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, a master’s degree in business administration from Thomas College, and was recently awarded a doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Governor Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award, the Dr. Mary Chandler Lowell Award, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow, the Thomas College Distinguished Alumnus, the Deborah Morton Award, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award, and the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award.

The Relay For Life event will take place at Thomas College on Oct. 25-26. To participate or to donate, call The American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org/watervilleme.