About the Search

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The University of Maine, a member of the University of Maine System, sought an accomplished and energetic leader to serve as the university’s 21st president, succeeding retiring President Susan J. Hunter.

The UMaine presidential search began September 2017, and was conducted through an 18-member search committee under the oversight and procedures of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System. The search committee included representatives of the faculty, students, staff, Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, and community. The University of Maine at Machias was represented by three members of the committee. The committee was chaired by Trustee Gregory Johnson.

The search committee reviewed 65 candidates and selected 12 for initial interviews. Four finalists for the position of president were selected for campus visits, Feb. 20-March 2.

Each candidate visited the University of Maine for two days, including a visit to the University of Maine at Machias. All members of the university community were invited to attend open sessions and provide feedback to the search committee. Candidates also met with smaller groups of faculty, students, university leaders, and members of the Board of Visitors, Alumni Association and Foundation.

The search committee was assisted in this work by Storbeck-Pimentel and Associates, executive search consultants. Shelly Weiss Storbeck, managing partner, served as lead consultant, assisted by Ethan Dubow, associate.

If you have questions about the search process, contact Tracy Bigney, bigney@maine.edu.