Gov. Janet Mills has appointed Harpswell resident Steven C. Blessington, a physician assistant at Maine Medical Center, to the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

Mills’ office announced the appointment on Friday, July 8.

Blessington, 57, has worked as a physician assistant in Maine since 1996 and joined the Maine Medical Center Emergency Department in 2005, according to the announcement.

A former president and chief delegate of the Maine Association of Physician Assistants, Blessington has taught pharmacology for more than 13 years as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England graduate school. He lives in Harpswell with his wife and has two adult children.

The Board of Licensure in Medicine is a state agency responsible for protecting the health and safety of the public by determining who may be licensed for medical practice and by regulating the medical practice of those licensees.

The governor appoints board members for six-year terms. The 11 members include six physicians, three physician assistants and three members of the public.