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University of Maine expects to name new president today

Bangor Daily News
March 14, 2011
The University of Maine System board of trustees is expected to vote Monday on its choice to lead UMaine’s flagship campus in Orono.

Four finalists seeking to replace outgoing President Robert Kennedy have visited the UMaine campus since late January to make their case to students, faculty and staff. They are: James Page, 57, chief executive officer for James W. Sewall Co. in Old Town; Donald Farish, 68, president of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.; Daniel Julius, 60, vice president of academic affairs for the University of Alaska System.; and Paul Ferguson, 58, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

UMS Chancellor Richard Pattenaude formed a 14-member search committee last fall shortly after Kennedy announced he was stepping down. The committee, chaired by UMS trustee Eleanor Baker of Cape Elizabeth, included UMaine students, faculty, staff and two other trustees.

Pattenaude is expected to reveal his recommendation Monday at a board of trustees meeting at the University of Maine-Augusta. The board will vote on that recommendation later that day.

“I want to thank trustee Baker and the search committee members for a comprehensive and successful process,” Pattenaude said in a statement. “They identified four exceptional candidates who were well-received by the campus community, which helped tremendously in my decision-making process.”

The new president, the 19th in UMaine’s nearly 150-year history, is expected to begin work in early July.
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