President’s Messages

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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President’s Message to the Community: Dec. 7

As the fall semester draws to a close, our thoughts are with our faculty and students preparing for finals week, as well as those completing their academic requirements to graduate in December. It is truly a time to appreciate all the academic achievements accomplished in and out of the classroom, and we wish everyone success […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Nov. 14

Dear UMaine Community: Now that the 2016 elections have concluded, as a community and as a nation we are left to heal the division and discord that hallmarked the last 18 months. Since the election, we have interacted with hundreds of UMaine students who were solely focused on unity, compassion, diversity and commitment to the […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Nov. 10

This is Veterans Week at the University of Maine, with activities that have been taking place daily leading up to the national observance on Friday. We opened the week with a wreath-laying ceremony in the Memorial Union, and the annual flag raising on the Mall — moving tributes to those who serve and have served […]

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President’s Message to the Community: Oct. 13

Let me extend a special invitation to you. Homecoming Weekend is upon us and I don’t recall a more spectacular period of full fall color for this landmark UMaine event. I hope you will take advantage of the great weather and amazing lineup of events. The Alumni Association has the full schedule online — from […]

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