President’s Messages

Passing of Don Zillman

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, I share with you the sad news of the passing of longtime University of Maine champion, Don Zillman. Don, who was 79, died on July 27, 2023. He had a long and distinguished career within the University of Maine System, serving in various leadership […]

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Maine Memo — Celebrating our campus communities

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, April and early May are some of my favorite times on our campuses. Our soon-to-be grads are making their exciting decisions about what comes next; capstone courses are concluding; events to honor our students, faculty, and staff for their accomplishments abound; final concerts, arts […]

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UMaine, UMaine Machias budget update

Dear UMaine and UMaine Machias community members, I want to take this opportunity to thank the many members of our UMaine and UMaine Machias departments, programs and units who have developed FY24 budget proposals in recent weeks, with particular focus on cost-saving efficiencies and creative revenue-generating ideas. These proposals call on us to be resourceful […]

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Learning and Growing Through UMaine Research

Four and a half years of visits to the University of Maine’s numerous research labs, creative arts spaces, university farms, research forests, field sites, instruments, and development facilities in Orono and beyond have taught me a great deal. I am grateful to all who have stepped away from their research time to explain what they […]

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Maine Day 2023 update

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias students, faculty and staff, I write to inform everyone that, in 2023, Maine Day will be transformed into “Maine Day Week,” to occur April 24–28, 2023. Classes will be held each day of that week, including Wednesday, April 26. On Dec. 14, the 23-member Maine […]

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Maine Memo — Welcome to the start of spring semester 2023

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, Welcome back for the start of spring semester 2023. And a hearty Maine hello to the newest community members joining us, including transfer students, and faculty and staff. I hope you had a good winter break that included time for renewal and connecting […]

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Our university communities share in Maine Maritime Academy’s grief

The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities extend deepest sympathy to Maine Maritime faculty, staff and students, and to the families, friends and colleagues of the four students who died in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Castine. Our thoughts also are with the three students who were injured in […]

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Maine Day Task Force Update

Dear University of Maine students, faculty and staff, I have charged an advisory task force, chaired by Jeffrey Hecker, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, to make recommendations to me and the Cabinet about increasing student volunteerism and decreasing safety concerns on Maine Day. Those recommendations, which will be informed […]

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Maine Memo — A time for gratitude and reflection

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias community members, During this well-deserved break in the semester, I hope you will take the opportunity to recharge and reflect on all we have to be grateful for. This is a time to remember all those we love and care about, past and present, in […]

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