Wednesday February 15, 2012 | 07:06 PM

A group of about 70 business and community leaders gathered tonight at the Mitchell Institute in Portland's Monument Square to say good-bye to one director and welcome another. Meg Baxter - seen here being congratulated by Mitchell Institute Board Chair David Johnson - takes the reigns of the organization founded by Senator George Mitchell, while Colleen Quint moves on to new adventures. Each year the institute gives out scholarships to students from all of Maine's public high schools. In addition it conducts research around higher education attainment and offers professional development assistance to its scholars.

Baxter is well-known in southern Maine from her long tenure as the head of the United Way of Greater Portland. Quint, who has been the institute's leader since Sen. Mitchell founded it in 1995, is credited with shepherding the organization to its position as a leader in the higher education field. Baxter is widely expected to bring the institute to a new level of visibility in Maine.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Feb. 19 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos and details from the party.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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