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Charles E. Crossland was born on December 18, 1894, in Watertown, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin and Frances (Frye) Crossland. He graduated from Sanford High School in 1913 before completing his B.S. in Animal Husbandry from the University of Maine in 1917.

Crossland spent the entirety of his career at the University of Maine. From 1917 until 1928, he was a member of the University’s Agricultural Extension Service before joining the General Alumni Association as its Executive Secretary in 1928. In 1946, Crossland became Director of Student and Public Relations, holding that position until 1951. He served as Assistant to the President of the University from 1951-1958 and filled the role of Acting President in 1958. From 1958 until 1961, Crossland served as Vice President for Administration at UMaine. From 1948 until 1962, Crossland also served as Clerk to the University Board of Trustees.

Upon his retirement in 1961, Crossland was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University. The previous year, he joined the Board of the Pulp & Paper Foundation as Executive Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, serving in those roles until September 1966 when he became Director of Communications. He also served as a Trustee of the State Educational Television Association and Executive Director of the Memorial Union Building Fund.

In 1981, Crossland was honored when university trustees renamed the UMaine Alumni Center as the Crossland Alumni Center. Also active in community life as a member of the Church of Universal Fellowship of Orono and as a 33rd Degree Mason. Crossland died at the age of 95 in Bangor, Maine on July 10, 1990.

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