PITTSFIELD — During the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of Sebasticook Valley Health, Michael Hodgins, outgoing Board chairman, was recognized for his contributions, leadership and commitment to the Board, hospital and community since his chairmanship begin in April 2010. Hodgins and will continue to serve as a trustee, according to a press release.

Michael Gallagher, of Hartland, was named incoming chairman, and David Richardson, of Carmel, was elected as vice chairman of the Board.

Gallagher has served on the Board since 2004. He retired in June 2012 from Maine School Administrative District 53, where he was an education professional since 1977 and Superintendent of Schools since 2002. Gallagher was instrumental in obtaining grant money which provided almost $4 million in upgrades for Warsaw and Vickery schools, as well as the Burnham Village School when it was still open, according to a news release.

Also an education professional, Richardson has been an active member of the Board since 2007. Richardson is the state representative for House District 23, which includes Carmel, Etna, Hermon and Stetson in Penobscot County. He is a retired educator of 28 years, where he taught middle school Language Arts.

Richardson returns for service in the 125th Legislature being appointed to chairman of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. He previously served on the Island Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

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