Love Maine Radio #309: Clayton Rose + Alaina Marie Harris

Today’s guests are Dr. Clayton Rose, the fifteenth president of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and nationally known entrepreneur Alaina Marie Harris, creator of Alaina Marie, a collection of bait bag-inspired clutches.


Clayton Rose, president of Bowdoin College

Clayton Rose is the fifteenth president of Bowdoin College. Originally from San Rafael, California, Rose earned his undergraduate degree and M.B.A. at the University of Chicago. In 2003, following a highly successful twenty-year leadership and management career in finance, he enrolled in a doctoral program in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania to study issues of race in America. He earned his master’s degree in 2005 and his Ph.D. with distinction in 2007. Prior to Bowdoin, he served as a faculty member at Harvard Business School, where he taught and wrote about the responsibilities of leadership, managerial values and ethics, and the role of business in society. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the nation’s largest private supporter of academic biomedical research. Rose and his wife, Julianne, have two sons, Garett and Jordan, a beautiful new granddaughter, Petra, and a black lab named Emma.

Alaina Marie Harris, creator of Alaina Marie

Born in Maine, Alaina Marie Harris has always found creative inspiration in her surroundings. In 2013, she created Alaina Marie, a collection of bait bag-inspired clutches. Each bag is constructed from marine-grade materials and made by hand. Harris also recently partnered with Keds to create two nautical-themed sneakers for the brand’s Ladies for Ladies Collection, a series that highlights female makers.