Dr. Glenn Cummings to Lead USM
Portland Resident, Former House Speaker and Long-Serving Member of the USM Faculty Appointed President of USM and Tasked with Metropolitan University Implementation and Enrollment Growth
PORTLAND, MAINE – University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced today that Dr. Glenn Cummings is the new President of the University of Southern Maine. Currently the Interim President at the University of Maine at Augusta, the Portland resident, former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, and long-serving member of the USM faculty will assume the helm as USM’s ongoing president on July 1, 2015.
Dr. Cummings was selected as a finalist for the presidency following an eight month national search process that resulted in an applicant pool of 80 candidates and campus visits in February where hundreds of students, staff, faculty and community members engaged in discussions with three presidential finalists.
In announcing the appointment of President Cummings to lead USM, Chancellor Page identified a number of critical priorities for the new leader including improving campus cohesion and collaboration, enrollment growth and the successful implementation of the Metropolitan University Initiative.
“Maine must have a vital, committed, successful University of Southern Maine,” said Chancellor James Page. “I know that USM’s future is bright and I have every confidence that President Glenn Cummings will be the leader to build on USM’s existing strengths and to realize the enormous potential and promise that is the University of Southern Maine.”
“Like a Maine spring USM is slowly and beautifully emerging from a dark winter,” said incoming USM President Glenn Cummings. “I am honored to be asked to serve at one of New England’s best universities during this powerful transition.”
“Over the course of several months the search committee considered 80 candidates from all over the country, interviewed more than a dozen highly qualified applicants and hosted three candidates on campus,” said UMS Board of Trustees Member James Erwin who chaired USM’s Presidential Search Committee. “Despite the breadth of our search, the right leader was right here all along, already a member of our faculty and living just two miles from the Portland campus.
“Glenn Cummings is a proven Maine public servant and accomplished educational leader,” Erwin said. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the search committee, I want to congratulate Glenn and pledge our support to him and to USM as we continue the work necessary to ensure a bright future for the university and the students it serves.”
“Glenn Cummings brings to the president’s office educational experience and leadership at every level that matters to our current and prospective students,” said Dr. Thomas Parchman, Professor of Music and Chair of the USM Faculty Senate. “The time Glenn has spent in classrooms in Maine high schools, community colleges and right here at USM will be very valuable as we work together to attract and retain the students we are committed to serve. On behalf of the faculty, I congratulate President Cummings on his new job and offer assurances that we are ready to get to work on USM’s future.”
Chancellor Page also released details on the launch of the Presidential Search Committee at the University of Maine at Augusta. The announcement names the members of the search panel, outlines a timeline that anticipates an appointment of an ongoing president at UMA in November of 2015, and includes the plan for identifying interim leadership to serve once President Cummings makes the transition to USM.
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