Dr. Raymond Rice Appointed President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle
Resounding community and campus support for twenty-year UMPI professor,
academic administrator, and interim president results in a rare presidential search waiver
PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE — University of Maine System Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution appointing Dr. Raymond Rice President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Dr. Rice, who joined the College of Arts and Science Faculty at the university twenty years ago, has been serving as the interim president and provost of the university since July of 2016.
Dr. Rice will continue to serve as provost as well. The Board resolution includes further details regarding the terms of the appointment approved today.
University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page recommended the Board of Trustees issue a search waiver and appoint Dr. Rice president following a series of campus and community visits. The overwhelming sentiment from students, staff, the faculty, and community leaders is that UMPI has maintained its continuity of direction and institutional momentum under Dr. Rice’s engaged leadership.
“A search waiver for a campus leader is seldom requested or granted,” said James H. Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System. “Struck by the consistency of message and exceptional support for President Rice’s inclusive and inspirational leadership, it was my great pleasure to recommend a direct appointment to the Board.”
“I am both humbled and honored to receive such support from both the campus and our community in continuing the important work underway here in a permanent capacity,” said University of Maine at Presque Isle President Ray Rice. “It is no small thing to find an academic home like UMPI, where you stay because you know each and every individual at this institution is dedicated to, and capable of, making a profound difference in our students’ futures. I feel very privileged to lead the University of Maine at Presque Isle as we provide for the hopes, dreams, and futures of our students, our region, and the people of Maine.”
Expressions of Support for President Rice
UMPI Student Government Association: “We feel that Dr. Rice should continue in this position [UMPI Presidency] because of his dedication as an outstanding member of this campus community and has shined in this role.” Student leaders also suggested, “He is the positive change that this campus has needed.”
UMPI Faculty Assembly: The faculty provided an enthusiastic and unqualified endorsement of Dr. Rice’s Appointment, formally voting in early May to request a search waiver for the UMPI Presidency. Professor Carolyn Dorsey (chair) and Professor Allen Salo (assistant chair) shared the following sentiment in their letter on behalf of their faculty colleagues:
“Since Dr. Rice’s appointment to interim president in June of 2016, he has unified this campus around our differentiated mission of proficiency-based education. His efforts have continued to showcase UMPI on local, state, and national levels.”
UMPI Board of Visitors Chair Carl Michaud: “. . . I would like to announce that we fully support the appointment of Ray Rice as the new university president.” Chair Michaud also wrote, “The university’s enrollment has increased and the financial issues have changed and the budget is close to being balanced.”
Located in the heart of northern Maine, the University of Maine at Presque Isle was established in 1903 as a state teachers’ school. The University now offers a wide range of liberal arts and professional programs, as well as several programs that are offered completely online. UMPI is one of the seven universities within the University of Maine System.