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Dr. Glen Cummings Appointed President of the University of Maine Augusta

UMS Chancellor James Page taps public servant with deep Maine roots to lead university with statewide reach.

AUGUSTA, MAINE — University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page joined Board of Trustee Member Marge Medd in announcing that Dr. Glenn Cummings has been appointed the interim President of the University of Maine at Augusta. Dr. Cummings will take office on September 9th and serve until a permanent president is identified.

Trustee Marge Medd will head the formal presidential search committee to be formed later in the academic year to identify a permanent president for the University of Maine at Augusta.

Dr. Cummings was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education, where he helped manage a $1.9 billion budget that focused on improving access to adult education and literacy training, as well as career and technical education. He has also taught Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine and been conducting research into improving higher education retention and completion in Maine.

Since 2010, Glenn Cummings has been President and Executive Director of the G.W. Hinckley organization. Under his leadership, the organization leveraged a generous contribution from the Harold Alfond Foundation to create the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences. This statewide residential school delivers an innovative curriculum to Maine students centered on the environment, agriculture and forestry.

During his tenure at G.W. Hinckley, the school broke enrollment request records, maintained a balanced budget and raised funds to build a state-of-the-art academic center on campus. Dr. Cummings also helped established programs like “College Step Up” and partnerships with a local community college that expanded access for students to higher education.

Dr. Cummings has also served in the highest levels of elected office in Maine. He was Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and chaired the Joint Committee of Education and Cultural Affairs. As a lawmaker Dr. Cummings helped create the state community college system and has been a tireless advocate for higher appropriations for higher education.

“We have a strong team at UMA. In Dr. Cummings we add a proven Maine leader and public servant who combines state and federal policy expertise with the practical experience of running a Maine-based institution,” said Chancellor Page. “Like Sue Hunter at UMaine and David Flanagan at USM, Glenn is a talented Mainer joining the leadership ranks of our public higher education system understanding our challenges and seeing our potential as a public service institution.”

“On behalf of the Board, I want to welcome President Cummings to the university,” said Trustee Marge Medd. “Glenn’s collaborative leadership is a great fit for what our faculty and staff are striving to accomplish here at the University of Maine at Augusta.”

“As a multi-generation Mainer and first generation four-year college graduate, I have lived personally the power of education to transform lives,” said President Cummings. “I am honored to join a team here at the Augusta campus, the Bangor campus and the University Centers across the state with a reputation for success and a principled commitment to innovation.”

Serving over 5,000 students, UMA is the third largest public university in Maine. In addition to its main campus in the state’s capital, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and through eight University College centers around the state. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.