2021-2022 Viewbook

Hello and welcome!

The Maine Business School is one of the colleges of the flagship University of Maine. We have been AACSB-accredited since 1974, putting us at the top of business schools in the nation.


Faye Gilbert, Ph.D.
Executive Dean, Maine Business School

Norm O’Reilly, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Business

Jason Harkins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Maine Business School and Graduate School of Business

Jamie Ballinger
Assistant Dean, Graduate School of Business

Majors and Concentrations

Undergraduate Majors: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Sport Management

Undergraduate Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, International Business, Business Information Systems

Undergraduate Minors: Accounting, Business Administration, Innovation, Management, Marketing

Undergraduate Certificates: IT Certificates

Graduate MBA Concentrations: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Food Technology Industry Management, Global Policy, Healthcare Systems, Human Nutrition, Sustainability, Accelerated Pathways for Undergrads

Graduate Master’s: Professional Science Master’s in Engineering and Business

Graduate Dual Degrees: J.D./MBA, MBA & M.A. in Global Policy, MBA & M.S. in Information Systems, MBA & Innovation Certificate

Graduate Certificates: Business Administration, Business Analytics

Who are our Students?


60% in state / 40% out of state
32% female / 69% male
27% first generation college students
10% student athletes
BSBA in Management is the largest major


64% in state / 36% out of state
39% female / 61% male
49% between the ages of 22-29
9+ years of professional work experience before joining MaineMBA
MaineMBA in Business Analytics is the largest concentration

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In the summer of 2020, a group of faculty began work to create the MBS Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture task force. They crafted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement that was adopted by the MBS faculty in the fall of 2020. The idea was born out of a conversation between Matt Graham, Dave Barrett, and Jason Harkins. “After the death of George Floyd I was concerned about students that might be impacted emotionally and psychologically,” Graham says. “Dave joined the conversation and we decided to create a DEI ad hoc committee to create resources for students, faculty, and staff who might need support.”

The Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture task force was created. The team worked together to create a Commitment to Diversity statement, which was voted on and passed by the faculty on October 23, 2020. The task force also worked to create content for an MBS DEI website, which was published on March 26, 2021.

The Maine Business School’s Commitment to Diversity
The Maine Business School and the Graduate School of Business believe that supporting, respecting, and appreciating diverse perspectives and experiences strengthens out community, challenges our assumptions, and yields better decision making in business and in life. We are committed to ensuring that all members of the MBS and GSB communities feel welcomed, heard, and engaged. 

2020-2021 by the Numbers

74%: BSBA pass rate for Excel Certification
60+ executive-level guest speakers
One new Corporate Colleague: Walgreens
30%: BSBA Students are Excel Certified
1st Place CFA Institute Research Challenge in Maine
60 BSBA/MBA students are involved in an internship
70%: CPA exam pass rate (national average is 58.6%)
$7,350 raised for nonprofits and projects by MBS Corps and UMaine American Marketing Association
18 peer-reviewed journal publications
40% of students took part in a project
3 new articulation agreements with Maine community colleges: EMCC, CMCC, and SMCC
1,585: total students enrolled – largest enrollment in school history
22% growth in the MaineMBA from last year. 300% growth over the past 3 years
$4m under management by SPIFFY
34 countries represented by international students

Infused Analytics

Our faculty set a goal to infuse analytics into the curriculum. This year we started with our Excel certification course, BIS 105. We worked with several different software programs to make the experience useful for our students, becoming the first CertiPort Certification Center in Maine in the process. Since Excel is a Microsoft program, Tanya Beaulieu, Ph.D., took on the challenge of figuring out how to make the experience work for our students who are Mac users. 

We surveyed our alumni on the technologies they use in their careers. More than 90% of respondents told us they used Excel on a regular basis. This solidified our move to treat Excel as a core concept of a business education at the Maine Business School. In the first year, 30% of BSBA students were Excel certified. We changed the course from three credits over 14 weeks to one credit over eight weeks. WE also pilot tested the certification for MaineMBA students. Twelve MBA students became certified at the basic level and 11 at the expert level.

“Your students made a plan for our growth that is actionable for our small staff and volunteers to carry through with success.” – Cynthia Walker, Executive Director, Brick Store Museum (Elisa O’Donnell’s MBA 670 class project)

Highlighted Stories

New Challenges Make Way for New Traditions
It’s hard to find the positives when it comes to COVID-19, especially in education. But the global pandemic has created a new tradition in the Maine Business School. One that we plan to embrace for the foreseeable future. Read more…

UMaine Wins CFA Society Maine 2021 Research Challenge
Each year, teams of undergraduate and graduate business students compete in teams for the CFA Institute Research Challenge. UMaine brought home the state title for the second year in a row and was invited to participate in the national competition. Read more…

Innovation and Business Combine
The University of Maine’s Innovation program has a new home: The Maine Business School. “Innovation is a key business capability in today’s hyper-competitive business landscape,” says Jason Harkins, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Maine Business School. “We are proud to bring formal training in innovation into the business school. Whether students plan to use innovation inside entrepreneurial ventures or established businesses, what they learn by studying Innovation at MBS will allow them to pursue a systematic approach to innovation and increase the odds of success.” Read more…

New Sport Management Major
Maine Business School students may now earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in Sport Management. “The BSBA is Sport Management is a logical step for UMaine based on the interests of our students, faculty, and colleagues in athletics,” says Faye Gilbert, Ph.D., Executive Dean of the Maine Business School. Read more…

Beta Gamma Sigma

Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor society for AACSB-accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world. Inducted as students, BGS members go on to serve in critical leadership roles in corporate, entrepreneurial, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Each year the Maine Business School inducts the top 20% fo Graduate Students and the top 10% of Undergraduate Seniors, Juniors, and second semester Sophomores into our local chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. This is performed at the Induction Ceremony each year. In 2021, we invited 79 students into Beta Gamma Sigma with a 95% acceptance rate. 

Faculty Awards

Each year, the Maine Business School honors three faculty with special recognition. 
Excellence in Teaching Award: Dave Barrett, Lecturer in Accounting
Dr. Carol B. Gilmore Memorial Service Award: Patti Miles, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management
Excellence in Research Award: Dmitri Markovitch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing


This year we had 60 students enroll in our new internship for credit course BUA 396: 39 BSBA students and 21 MBA students. We have broadened the eligibility requirement for BUA 396 to allow students with a 2.0 GPA or higher and who have completed at least 24 credits to enroll. Taylor Ashley joined our team this year and has worked to create career development workshops, seminars, and events. Fifty-four percent of BSBA internships are located in Maine; 46% are located out of state. Ninety-five percent fo the MaineMBA internships are located in Maine.

Advisory Board

Lawrence Blaisdell, ‘86, University of Maine
Managing Director, VIGILANT Capital Management, LLC

Paul Bolin, ‘92 and ‘99G, University of Maine
Sr. Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, Northern Light Health

Daniel J. Bouchard, ‘83 and ‘85G, University of Maine
Sr. Vice President, State Street Corporation

Matthew P. Cote, ‘04, University of Maine
Assistant VP of Personal Lines Underwriting, Arbella Insurance

Bethany Durrell, ‘09, University of Maine
Director, Project Delivery, Unum Group

Nicole Gogan, ‘11G, University of Maine
Owner, Superior Restoration Services

Bruce Hall, ‘83, University of Maine
President & CMO, Eureka! Inventing

Jason A. House, ’00, University of Maine at Presque Isle
Regional Vice President of Commercial Lending, T.D. Bank

Christopher Keating, ‘79, University of Maine
Director of Client Relations, Mountain Pacific Group

Pasquale Maiorino Esq., ‘69, University of Maine
Chairman, Board of Directors, Androscoggin Bank

Kathleen Murphy, ‘86, University of Maine
CEO, Market Me Too

Timothy O’Neil, ‘79, University of Maine
Founding Partner, Monks O’Neil Development

Douglas Packard, ‘79, University of Maine
CEO/Owner, Doug Packard Consulting
Renaissance Executive Forums ME/NH

Anthony Payne, ‘76, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sr. Vice President of External Affairs, MEMIC

Michael Perry, ‘09, University of Maine
Financial Advisor, Key Bank National Association

Derek Ribbons, ‘98, University of Maine
Co-Founder, Stealth Startup

Richard Robertson, ‘93, University of Maine
President & CEO, Dennis Paper & Food Service

Ronald Roope, ‘04 and ‘11G, University of Maine
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Bangor Savings Bank

Danielle Snow, ‘97 and ‘99G, University of Maine
SVP, Patient Care, Grand Rounds

Jon Sorenson, ‘86, University of Maine
President & CEO, JFS Energy Advisors, LLC

Melanie Tinto, ‘93, University of Maine
Chief Human Resources Officer, WEX, Inc.

Dianne Watters, ‘08, University of Maine
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Tyler Technologies, Inc.

David Whitney, ’90, University of Maine
Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Whitney Corporation

Eric Winterhalter, ‘92, University of Maine
President & Co-Founder, Tran Capital Management

Amy Wright, ‘91, University of Maine
Manager, Capital Financial Planning, Versant Power