UMaine Division of Lifelong Learning names new executive director of academic program support and online learning

Richard Roberts has been named executive director of academic program support and online learning for the University of Maine Division of Lifelong Learning. In this role, Roberts will provide leadership in the development and implementation of online learning and program development at UMaine and UMaine Machias. This position will serve as a core member of the UMaine Division of Lifelong Learning senior leadership team and supervise the UMaineOnline advising team.

“We are thrilled to have Richard step into this critical role as we look to the future of UMaineOnline and increase our capacity to meet the needs of current and future online degree-seeking students,” said Associate Provost for Online and Continuing Education and Dean of Cooperative Extension Hannah Carter. “Richard has a deep knowledge of online programs, diverse experiences within higher ed, and a passion and enthusiasm for UMaine and our programs. He will be an asset to our team and to this institution.”  

The executive director is responsible for partnering with administrators from across campus to develop new online programs that respond to student and workforce needs. In addition, the executive director will establish and monitor enrollment goals and student success metrics that align with the strategic priorities of the university.

Roberts has worked in higher education for 12 years, serving students in a variety of roles, such as advising, academic success coaching, teaching, curriculum development and student success programming. Prior to taking on his new role, Roberts served as UMaineOnline advisor, offering information and guidance to prospective and current online students, and working closely with academic faculty and university departments to ensure personalized and accessible student services. 

“I’m honored and excited to continue my work with UMaineOnline,” said Roberts. “I look forward to collaborating with the UMaineOnline team and campus partners as we strive to grow our online student support and expand our online program offerings.”