Trustee Recognition

KVCC Foundation Trustee Recognition, Jack T. Sutton


Jack T. Sutton, KVCC Jazz Gala 2012

Jack T. Sutton, 2012 KVCC Foundation Jazz Gala

The KVCC Foundation is pleased to share in the recognition of Jack Sutton, Maine Better Transportation Association (MBTA) 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Jack has been instrumental to the success of KVCC Foundation’s scholarship and academic programing fundraising for many years. In recognition of his commitment to ensuring educational opportunities for students regardless of financial circumstance and his dedication to enhancing the quality of education available to students attending KVCC, Jack was confirmed as KVCC Foundation Trustee Emeritus in 2012. Jack is also a member of the KVCC Foundation Executive Committee, serving as Past Chair, as well as the Foundation’s Finance and Education Committees.

Along with Senator Susan Collins, “Maine Better Transportation Champion,” and 3 other leaders in transportation, Jack was recognized at an MBTA ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center on October 17, 2014. Sutton was named Volunteer of the Year in part for his enthusiasm to preserve and advance rail transportation for both business cargo and passenger use. “Transportation and in particular rail transportation, is important to every business in Maine.” Sutton serves on the MBTA’s board of directors and membership committee.

Among those receiving awards presented by MBTA were:

  • John Melrose (Eaton Peabody Consulting) – Lifetime Achievement
  • Paul Bradbury (Portland International Jetport) – Public Servant
  • Jack Sutton (Maine Rail Group) – Volunteer
  • Greg Dore (Skowhegan Public Works) – Advocate
  • Susan Collins (U.S. Senator) – Champion


Jack Sutton’s enthusiasm for transportation – and rail in particular – is infectious. Maybe it is because the long-time MBTA board member and former president of the Maine Rail Group is absolutely confident that good transportation is essential to our state’s future. It is that confidence that has made him a fearless and effective volunteer for transportation, whether he is recruiting a new MBTA member or delivering effective testimony at a town meeting or a legislative hearing.

Jack and his wife Kati moved to Belgrade, Maine from Hawthorne, New Jersey in the early 1960s when Jack took a job with Keyes Fibre Company. Kati and he quickly put down roots in Maine, raising their daughter Nancy and son Richard there, and pursuing many public service opportunities in their adopted town. He retired from Keyes Fibre as Vice President, and Director of Engineering, and then began a second career as a volunteer.

Jack became involved in the Maine Rail Group in 1992, an independent all-volunteer group that promotes awareness of railroads' contributions to Maine's economy and their important role in moving passengers and freight. He quickly became an effective spokesperson and grassroots organizer for the group and served as its president from 2000 to 2011.

Jack was able to masterfully balance the organization’s diverse roles – as a strong voice for Maine’s passenger and freight rail industry – and as an entity involved in the preservation of rail infrastructure and equipment. For years, he recruited friends and business associates to help restore two historic rail coaches on the weekend (both have since been put back into service). He also spearheaded the biennial publication of the New England Railway Map, an accurate and comprehensive resource that catalogs the region’s active and dormant rail lines and other points of interest.

As a member of MBTA’s board of directors, Jack has maintained an impressive attendance record, rarely missing a meeting in 12 years. He is often joined by his wife Kati on trips to the Washington and Aroostook county meetings and at the annual MBTA convention. Jack also has been a powerful force on the MBTA’s Membership Committee, serving as chair for two terms and effectively broadening the MBTA’s influence by reaching out to businesses outside of the construction and design community. Jack’s quiet persistence and powers of persuasion are formidable, and he once even convinced the owner of a favorite Chinese restaurant to join.

Jack earned a bachelor’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He has a long association with the town of Belgrade, serving in many elected and volunteer positions, including chairing the Board of Selectmen and assisting in the development of the Belgrade Regional Health Center.

Many thanks to the Maine Better Transportation Association for permission to share in the worthy recognition of Jack Sutton. Maine Better Transportation Association Augusta, Maine (207) 622-0526

Jack Sutton, MBTA 2014 Award Luncheon2014 Maine Better Transportation Association (MBTA) Awards Luncheon, Augusta, Maine



"Thank you! Thank you! I am delighted to learn that I was awarded the KVCC Foundation Scholarship. I never thought college was in my future. I have overcome many obstacles to become a successful student. 

I am currently enrolled in the KVCC Health Science Program, with determination to get accepted into the nursing program next year. Being a nurse, is a privilege: a life dedicated to helping the sick and injured through compassion, comprehension, devotion, and education. A life I plan to live. Struggling under student loans, classwork and holding a job- the financial burden of applying yourself to a career path can be dispiriting.

I have come incredibly far since choosing to pursue my dream. It would be tragic to fail solely on economic hardship. In a country where higher education is so expensive, I am very thankful for the financial support the KVCC Foundation Scholarship has offered me."

Kaitlin Curran Health Science, KVCC


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KVCC Carter Hall

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