President’s Messages

COVID-19 Community Update — August 21

Dear University of Maine community members: This weekend, I am writing to provide further context regarding the three positive COVID-19 cases in the University of Maine community and additional information about the comprehensive, science-based plans we have in place for surveillance and response. Those three cases involved two off-campus students who share an apartment, and […]

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Maine Memo — August 12

This strange summer is simultaneously flying by and plodding along, as the usual summer activities of a university are intertwined with all of the new activities, decisions, and planning efforts that we are undertaking to prepare for the safest return possible of students for the Aug. 31 beginning of classes. Most of our communication in […]

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Community message from UMaine President and Athletics Director — July 17

The University of Maine, in consultation with the America East Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association, has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone participation in the fall 2020 sports season. This decision affects the sports of football, field hockey, soccer and cross country. We understand the concerns of intercollegiate athletics conferences nationwide during […]

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Message to UMaine international students — July 14

To the international students in our community: Living through the coronavirus pandemic continues to be challenging for all of us. For University of Maine students living and studying far away from family and friends, I know it has been particularly difficult for you. As plans for some of you to spend the summer in your […]

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Maine Memo — July 7

I hope that all have had a restful and renewing weekend, and that you have taken time to look through all of the communications from the University of Maine System, UMaine, and UMaine Machias leaders about our plans for a safe reopening. There is a wealth of information there, and I urge you to watch […]

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Maine Memo — July 1

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, We are coming back together! A pandemic has reshaped our world. It has reshaped the University of Maine and our regional campus at Machias. Our Black Bear and Clipper communities have not been together on-site, on our campuses, at our offices, […]

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Community message — June 29

In March of this year, I convened a university-wide task force and charged it with recommending criteria for deciding whether an individual’s name should be removed from a UMaine facility, and whether to remove Clarence C. Little’s name from the campus building bearing his name. And if recommending replacement names, I asked the task force […]

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Community Message from President and Cabinet Regarding Juneteenth

The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias join the state and the nation in observing Juneteenth Independence Day. In 2011, Maine became the 38th state to recognize the day that freedom was proclaimed to all slaves in the South — 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. As noted in […]

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Maine Memo — June 10

Today I wish to speak to the continuing unrest in our nation, in Maine, and in the University of Maine communities following the brutal killing of George Floyd and its heartbreaking aftermath.  I am reaffirming my commitment and the commitment of our university communities to the core values of inclusion, diversity, and anti-racism, and I […]

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