After collaborative discussions and by mutual agreement, Dr. Michael Laliberte, the University of Maine System (UMS), and the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) reached the decision that it is in the best interests of all parties that Dr. Laliberte voluntarily withdraw from his current contract to be the next UMA President.
This has been a difficult process for all involved and although we believe that Dr. Laliberte has the skills, talent, and integrity to lead UMA, we have decided that it is best that we listen to and support the UMA Faculty Senate in their desire to revisit the search for the next UMA President. We also want to repeat here that we all should have ensured that the entire UMA presidential search committee was fully informed, during the interview process, about the October 2021 State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi College Senate vote of no-confidence. This was a mistake and has understandably caused a deep mistrust of the search process within the UMA community. We regret this outcome, but believe that this resolution is the right decision for now.
We are all committed to listening to the voices of our faculty, which has helped guide our determination to reach the mutual decision that we announce today. Further, we all believe that there is a bright and successful future ahead for UMA and the System when faculty, university, and system leaders work together to advance the best interests of our students and meet our teaching, research, and public service commitments to the State of Maine.
About the University of Maine System
Established in 1968, the University of Maine System (UMS) unites seven Maine’s distinctive public universities, comprising 10 campuses and numerous centers, in the common purpose of providing quality higher education while delivering on its traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service.
In 2020 UMS became the first and only statewide enterprise of public higher education in the country to transition to a unified accreditation for the system. Much different than a merger or consolidation, unified accreditation is a new operating model for the University of Maine System that removes the primary barrier to inter-institutional collaboration.
A comprehensive public institution of higher education, UMS serves more than 30,000 students annually and is supported by the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty, more than 3,000 regular full-time and part-time staff, and a complement of part-time temporary (adjunct) faculty.
Reaching more than 500,000 people annually through educational and cultural offerings, the University of Maine System also benefits from more than two-thirds of its alumni population residing within the state; more than 123,000 individuals.
The System consists of seven main campuses: The University of Maine (UMaine), including its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias (UMaine Machias); the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and the University of Southern Maine (USM). The System also includes a UMA campus in Bangor, USM campuses in Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn, the University of Maine School of Law, and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.