President’s Biography

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy

President Joan Ferrini-Mundy
Joan Ferrini-Mundy is the president of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias. Prior to joining the UMaine and UMM communities on July 1, 2018, she was the chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation.

Ferrini-Mundy was a member of the mathematics and teacher education faculty of Michigan State University (MSU) from 1999–2010, where she served as associate dean for science and mathematics education in the College of Natural Science and director of the Division of Science.

Ferrini-Mundy has had a distinguished career, with more than 100 publications spanning the fields of mathematics education, STEM education and policy, and teacher education. Among her awards and recognitions are the U.S. Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, MSU’s University Distinguished Professor, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

After receiving her Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 1980, Ferrini-Mundy spent two years as a postdoctoral associate there, and one year in the Department of Mathematics at Mount Holyoke College, where she co-founded the SummerMath for Teachers program. She returned to UNH in 1983 as an assistant professor of mathematics, rising to the rank of full professor in 1994.

At the University of Maine, Ferrini-Mundy has placed a priority on meeting with and seeking input from students, faculty, staff, and the wider UMaine community of alumni and supporters. She serves on the boards of Maine Center Ventures, and Maine and Company.