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University of Maine at Fort Kent Presidential Search Committee Selects Four Finalists for Campus Visits in December

Finalists chosen from talented pool of 46 candidates who responded to National Search

FORT KENT, MAINE – The University of Maine at Fort Kent Presidential Search Committee has selected four finalists and announced the candidates will be visiting the campus in December to meet with students, staff, faculty and community members. The four finalists were chosen among 46 candidates who responded to a search process that included a national solicitation of candidates, an initial screening, background check and offsite interviews of several candidates with the search committee.

The search committee, which consists of representatives from the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, the community, the Board of Visitors and a designee of the Chancellor, began its national search for a new leader over the summer. Throughout the process input was sought from the campuses and broader communities to help shape the direction of the search.

“We are pleased that so many talented, proven educational leaders expressed an interest in serving as the next President of the University of Maine at Fort Kent,” said Norman Fournier, UMS Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “Our campus leadership team and our community stakeholders have worked hard to establish UMFK as Maine’s Rural University and as a service leader in the St. John Valley. All that has been accomplished here represents a great foundation for success for the next president of the university.”

“There has been a great deal of work done by the search committee thus far and on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor, I wish to thank everyone for their contributions,” continued Trustee Fournier. “Now it is time for broader campus and community engagement in the search process. We encourage and welcome the involvement and feedback of everyone who values the role UMFK plays in shaping the lives of our students and our region of Maine.”

The four finalists are presented in order of their scheduled visits below along with the dates, times and locations for public sessions. Photographs and background materials on the candidates will soon be available on the UMFK Presidential Search Site. Those interested in participating in the campus visit should check the website for schedule updates and to access survey tools. While the scheduled sessions are intended for specific audiences, they are open to anyone wishing to attend.

 

Dr. Sharon Hart currently serves as President of the Northern Marianas College. Prior to her current position she was Deputy President, University College of the Caribbean, held a position in the private sector, was President of North Dakota State College of Science, and President of Middlesex Community College. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tuesday December 1, 2015
Open Meeting with Faculty: 9:30 – 10:30 am, Nadeau Conference Room
Open Meeting with Students: 10:45 – 11:45 am, Nadeau Conference Room
Open Meeting with Staff: 3:30 – 4:30, Nadeau Conference Room

Wednesday December 2, 2015
Open Meeting with Community: 10:30 – 11:30 am, Powell Classroom 123

 

Dr. John Short is CEO and Dean, University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac. He previously served as Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Millersville University, and Dean and Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arkansas at Monticello. He holds the Doctor of Arts in Government from Lehigh University.

Thursday December 3, 2015
Open Meeting with Faculty: 9:30 – 10:30 am, Nadeau Conference Room
Open Meeting with Students: 10:45 – 11:45 am, Grindle Conference Room
Open Meeting with Staff: 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Fox Auditorium

Friday, December 4, 2015
Open Meeting with Community: 10:30 – 11:30, Fox Auditorium

 

Dr. Michael Laliberte is Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His prior positions include Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Boise State University, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Laliberte holds a Doctor of Education from Johnson and Wales University.

Monday December 7, 2015
Open Meeting with Faculty: 9:30 – 10:30 am, Nadeau Conference Room
Open Meeting with Students: 10:45 – 11:45 am, Grindle Conference Room

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Open Meeting with Staff: 8:30 – 9:30 am, Nadeau Conference Room
Open Meeting with Community: 9:30 – 10:30, Nadeau Conference Room

 

Dr. Lenore Koczon is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs at Minot State University. She previously served as Academic Dean at Rosemont College, and Director of University College at Northern State University. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Thursday December 10, 2015
Open Meeting with Faculty: 9:30 – 10:30 am, Nadeau Conference Room
Open Meeting with Students: 10:45 – 11:45 am, Grindle Conference Room
Open Meeting with Staff: 1:00 – 2:00, Nadeau Conference Room

Friday, December 11, 2015
Open Meeting with Community: 10:30 – 11:30, Nadeau Conference Room

Following the campus visits the search committee will reconvene to consider community comments and finalize findings that will be forwarded to University of Maine System Chancellor James Page. It is expected that the Board of Trustees will consider the Chancellor’s recommendation at its January 2016 meeting with the new president arriving on campus early next year.