President’s Biography

photo of President Susan J. Hunter on the campus mallDr. Susan J. Hunter

Dr. Susan J. Hunter was named the 20th President of the University of Maine July 7, 2014.

She began her full-time career at the University of Maine in 1991 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her administrative positions included Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and five years as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Immediately prior to her appointment as UMaine’s first woman president, Dr. Hunter served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Maine System.

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 National Science Foundation 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 the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and participated in a planning initiative for the Maine Arts Commission Steering Committee, in preparation for a Cultural Strategic Plan for the state of Maine.

Currently, she serves on the boards of Maine & Company, and the Maine Development Foundation, and on the advisory network for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.

In 2016, Dr. Hunter was inducted into the Deborah Morton Society at the University of New England.

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.

Dr. Susan J. Hunter Curriculum Vitae (PDF)