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5/18/14: Trustees Announce Search Committee to be Formed for USM’s Next President

Metropolitan University Steering Group Also Being Formed

BANGOR – Following an executive session of the University of Maine System’s Board of Trustees on Sunday afternoon, Board Chair Samuel Collins and Chancellor James H. Page announced that a search committee will be formed this summer to identify the University of Southern Maine’s next president. The search process will commence at the end of summer.

“Earlier this year, I committed to asking the Trustees to commence the search process once the campus community defined a vision for the future of USM,” explained UMS Chancellor James H. Page. “This has now been accomplished, Trustees agreed to commence the search process, and now USM will begin the work of becoming Maine’s Metropolitan University.”

In related news, current USM President Theo Kalikow announced the formation of a Metropolitan University Steering Group and announced that USM Professor Emeritus Richard Barringer will serve as chair of that committee.

“The steering group’s work will start very soon—they will work this summer and into the fall,” Kalikow explained. “Their goal is to recommend a strategy and implementation plan that will define USM’s metropolitan university mission.”

Collins noted, “The Metropolitan University steering group will help inform our search committee, redefine the president’s job description, and help us identify the right individual to carry out the mission of a metropolitan university. We look forward to building a presidential search committee—which will include Trustees, senior staff, and members of the USM campus community.”

The presidential search is planned to begin early this fall and will run until a successful candidate is identified. System officials hope to fill the position by July 2015, and possibly sooner, if the person selected is available. Kalikow was named USM president in July 2012 and has a two-year contract, with an extension for up to one year.

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