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President’s Biography

Photo of President Hunter seated outside UMaine Memorial Student Union buildingSusan J. Hunter

Susan J. Hunter was named President of the University of Maine, effective July 7.

She began her full-time career at the University of Maine in September 1991.

Prior to starting her two-year appointment as UMaine’s first woman president, President Hunter served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Maine System, a position she assumed in September 2013.

President Hunter served five years as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Maine. At UMaine, she also has held the positions of Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education; Assistant Director in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; and a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. 

Over her time as a faculty member, President Hunter taught basic biology, cell biology, and anatomy and physiology, and had grant support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

For six years, she served as a co-principal investigator of an award-winning, $3 million NSF GK-12 grant that placed graduate teaching fellows in K-12 schools as science demonstrators. She was the original principal investigator of a five-year, $3.3 million NSF ADVANCE grant, helping to fund UMaine’s Rising Tide Center, an initiative that aims to transform the university through enhanced opportunities for women faculty members in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and social-behavioral sciences.

President Hunter served on the board of directors of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and, currently, is serving on the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance Board of Directors, as the University of Maine System representative to the Governor’s STEM Council, on the Board of Directors of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, participated in a planning initiative for the Maine Arts Commission Steering Committee, in preparation for a Cultural Strategic Plan for the state of Maine. 

President Hunter is a cell biologist whose research focused on structural and functional aspects of bone cell biology. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in physiology from Pennsylvania State University, and did postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University and Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Hunter lives in Orono with her husband, David Lambert, a plant pathologist who also spent his career at UMaine as a faculty member in the School of Food and Agriculture. They have two adult children.