Brian Hubbell has been elected to four terms on the Bar Harbor school board. After defending Mount Desert Island’s schools against state-mandated consolidation and ultimately prevailing in a three-year campaign to amend the law to allow schools across Maine to adopt a model of school governance similar to MDI’s, he became the first chairperson of the reorganized Mount Desert Island Regional School System.
He remains closely involved in teacher contract negotiations and curriculum policy. He also chairs the school system’s legislative committee, and maintains MDISchools.net, a clearinghouse for education news, legislative policy, and political commentary.
Brian earned his way through college by building his own contracting and construction management business. As both an undergraduate and graduate student, he designed and built MIT’s fifth and sixth solar demonstration buildings which were the first applications of low-emissivity (low-E) glazing and phase change materials for isothermal heat storage.
A long-time advocate for the practical implementations of solar photovoltaic systems, Brian served on the Maine Greenhouse Gas Initiative Building and Facilities working group shaping Maine’s Climate Action Plan
For 35 years, he has managed public, private, and commercial building and infrastructure projects in both Massachusetts and Maine, including the $250 million Rowes Wharf complex in Boston, numerous private residences, marine facilities, wastewater systems, and the Northeast Harbor public library.
He served as a Hancock County’s representative on the boards of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Downeast Resource Conservation and Development Council where he chaired the RC&D’s Forestry Committee, advocating for better silvicultural practices and value-added marketing for Maine wood products. With Jill Goldthwait, he was also Hancock County co-chair of Angus King’s 1994 gubernatorial campaign.
A believer in the effectiveness of resolving conflict by constructive interaction through individual empowerment and recognition, Brian has a certificate in transformative mediation from USM.
As a legislative advocate for MDI schools, he has developed good bipartisan relations with members of the past three state legislatures.
He is also a writer and editor, serving on the editorial board of the Beloit Poetry Journal from 1998 to 2008.
A runner and professional race timer, he also volunteers his time assisting in the coaching of high school track and cross country athletes.
He lives in Bar Harbor with his wife Liddy, an artist, and his daughter Nora who is a sophomore at MDI High School.