BAR HARBOR — Maine’s College of the Atlantic is naming one of its buildings for its third president during a ceremony next week.

The Bar Harbor college will dedicate the Lou Rabineau Educational Studies Center on Friday. Rabineau, who had previously served as chancellor of the Connecticut Commission for Higher Education, was president of the College of the Atlantic from 1984 to 1993.

The college’s current president, Darron Collins, who was a student while Rabineau headed COA, says Rabineau led the school through some very difficult early growing pains, including a fire and declining enrollment.

The college was only 12 years old when Rabineau arrived. In the decade he served as president, the college experienced a major increase in funds and a doubling of its enrollment.

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