President’s Messages

President’s Message to the Community: April 26

As we near the close of another academic year, thoughts are with our students and faculty as preparations are made for finals and final papers, theses and dissertations, capstone projects and class presentations. For those students completing their academic requirements for graduation, it is a particularly exhilarating time. Whether graduating or returning this summer and […]

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President’s Message to the Community: March 23

This is such an exciting time to be at the University of Maine. This week we started the last half of the spring semester with great news — a pledge of the single largest capital gift in University of Maine history. The anonymous gift of $10 million from the family of an engineering graduate will […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Feb. 6

Welcome back for the second half of our academic year. We have a particularly important semester ahead with numerous opportunities for engagement as members of a university community. I hope you’ll take advantage of as many as possible. This semester, we look forward to the assessment of our five-year strategic plan. As mentioned last fall, […]

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Message to the Community: Feb. 2

Today more than ever before, there is a focus in all realms of our society, including in higher education, on combating harassment and other inappropriate behaviors, and on ensuring that we continue to sustain an environment that supports and protects everyone. We will always respond when such issues are raised, and we intend to continue […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Dec. 5

As the semester draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank members of the University of Maine community for the many efforts and the leadership on all levels that went into making the first half of this academic year a success. UMaine’s mission is, indeed, a mind-set, and I appreciate the […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Oct. 19

The University of Maine was in its element this past week, and I want to take this opportunity to cite some of the highlights. And most important, I want to thank the countless numbers of UMaine community members whose efforts made Homecoming weekend and the events preceding it such a success. Nearly 1,000 attended the […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Sept. 20

In this, the first month of the new academic year, I want to take the opportunity to talk about the important work ahead of us. For the last five years, we have had a strategic plan that has acted as our road map for meeting benchmarks in serving Maine, achieving a culture of excellence, and […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Aug. 29

Welcome to the start of the fall 2017 semester that promises to be one of our busiest and most engaging. I want to extend a warm greeting to our newest UMaine community members — students in our largest incoming class and our nearly 50 new faculty. And I want to thank the hundreds of UMaine […]

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Message to Students: Aug. 28

Dear UMaine Students: Welcome to the 2017–2018 academic year. Whether you are coming to campus for the first time or you are a returning student we are thrilled that you are here! This is a wonderful place and your involvement in our living and learning environment is what makes us great. We encourage you to […]

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Message from President Hunter: May 30

My fulfilling tenure as University of Maine president will be coming to an end in June 2018 with my retirement. In the coming months, the UMaine community will be preparing for a national search to fill the position. As you remember, last year it was announced that my appointment as president was extended through that […]

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