President’s Messages

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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A Maine Day thank you: May 4

On this, the day after Maine Day, I want to thank the University of Maine community for a truly memorable day. As many of you know, I’ve been a part of this community for 30 years, and yesterday’s Maine Day was one of the best, truly epitomizing the spirit of the UMaine tradition that President […]

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President’s Message to the Community: April 12

This is the time of year when we as a university community recognize and celebrate the outstanding talent that contributes to UMaine’s overarching leadership and excellence. I want to begin by congratulating the 15 faculty members who received tenure and/or promotion. Their dedication in the classroom and in their disciplines is part of UMaine’s distinction. We […]

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President’s Message to the Community: March 21

Welcome back for the second half of the spring semester. I hope your break was as productive as you hoped it would be. I know for some members of our community, Spring Break was particularly memorable. They included 15 students and one faculty member from the School of Nursing, who were in Costa Rica on […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Feb. 8

I want to take this opportunity to update you on two important FY18 initiatives that we have focused on these past two weeks. First: the FY18 budget. Our net revenue/expense gap for 2018 is projected to be $760,585. The reduction of that gap in the past three years — $9.6 million in 2015, $8.5 million […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Jan. 31

Dear University of Maine students, faculty and staff, In consultation with the chancellor, the Board of Trustees, and the other University of Maine System presidents, I write to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We embrace all of our students, no matter what religion they practice, how diverse their perspectives, where they come from […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Jan. 12

Welcome and welcome back. With the open of the spring ’17 semester, we have 200 new first-year and transfer students joining our community. We will welcome them at Spring Orientation this Sunday. As I do every time I have an opportunity to welcome new undergraduates, I will encourage them to take full advantage of this […]

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