Earle Shettleworth Jr. ’70, who has served longer than any state preservation officer in the country, will retire as director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission on Oct. 1. He will continue in his post as Maine’s state historian, reappointed by Gov. Paul LePage to a third four-year term.

Shettleworth joined the commission in 1973, was named acting director two years later, and has led the agency ever since. He is known for his love of Maine history, his knowledge of art and architecture, and his commitment to preservation. As a teenager he was among the founders of Greater Portland Landmarks, and he helped lead efforts in Portland and around Maine to preserve cultural landmarks.