President’s Messages

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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President’s Message to the Community: Sept. 19

We are off to a successful start of the academic year, thanks to the leadership of our faculty and staff. From the amazing Welcome Weekend for our largest incoming class in the university’s history and the participation of more than 2,200 students in the Day of Service, to the smooth transition for our returning undergraduate […]

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June Mt. Katahdin hike

June 2016, University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter climbed Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park for the first time. She was joined by President’s Office staff members James Settele, Jennifer O’Leary, Amber Thompson and Natalie Lefevre.  

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President’s Message to the Community: Aug. 17

The start of a new academic year is less than two weeks away — the beginning of the college careers for our record number of incoming students and the final months for those receiving undergraduate degrees this year. And for all — incoming, transfer and current students — new classes and opportunities. The first day […]

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President’s Message to the Community: July 11

This time of year, it’s striking how the University of Maine is a destination for people of all ages — on campus and at our facilities statewide. In June, UMaine retirees were here for their homecoming event and members of our largest incoming class were here for orientation. My thanks to the faculty, staff and […]

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