BRIDGTON – The Bridgton Academy board of trustees has announced that Kevin Hancock, president and CEO of Hancock Lumber, will serve as chairman of the Leadership Gifts Division of the Third Century Fund Capital Campaign.

Approaching its bicentennial anniversary in 2008, Bridgton Academy is the nation’s only one-year college-preparatory school for young men. As the academy’s mission is to prepare young men for college, the focus of the Third Century Fund will be a state-of-the-art humanities building to be built in the center of the 50-acre campus in North Bridgton. Campaign chairwoman of the Third Century Fund is trustee and former parent, Pamela Specht of Boyertown, Pa.

Prior to joining Hancock Lumber as the sixth generation to operate the business, which was begun in 1848, Hancock served at Bridgton Academy as faculty member and as head basketball coach. For many years before his death, Kevin’s father, K. David Hancock, also was a trustee at the academy.

“The Third Century Fund Campaign progress to date has exceeded our expectations; however, we have a ways to go,” Hancock said. “We hope not only to meet our goal of $3.5 million, but also to surpass it with the Leadership Gifts Division.”

David N. Hursty, headmaster of the academy, said, “I look forward to working with Kevin and the board in meeting the challenges of the present and striving to realize our vision for the next century.”

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