Kay Kimball holds an M.A. in public history from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in history from Emory University. She arrived at the University of Maine in Machias as an Assistant Professor of history in 1999, earning tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2005.
Dr. Kimball has served as Chair of the Arts and Letters Division for five years, Assistant Provost for Academic Services for two years, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for a year and a half. In July 2017, she was appointed UMM’s first VPAA and Head of Campus. She has been responsible for significant portions of UMM’s strategic planning and accreditation efforts. She also serves on the Chief Academic Officers Council for the University of Maine System.
Her research interests include Maine and local history, and she authored several thematic essays for the Maine History Online website of the Maine Historical Society. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities scholarship to attend a summer institute in Southern Appalachia, which led to a sabbatical project comparing southern coal and northern lumber industries. An upcoming sabbatical will explore the First Opium War between England and China to develop a classroom project based on primary sources for the World History curriculum.
Beyond those interests, however, Dr. Kimball values the twin pillars of public higher education: fostering student success in all its complexities, and furthering the mission of public service. Her life at Maine’s Coastal University has allowed her to embrace both with enthusiasm.