Learn more about the University of Maine System Success Center Staff

At the University of Maine System (UMS), our student success coaches help students start the process of getting a degree by helping students find the campus and program that best fits their needs. The Student Success Center staff are here to help you find the right information from the start. If you need campus-specific help, reach out to a location-based Navigator. Unsure what campus has the program for you? Contact our University of Maine System student success coaches at the University of Maine System Student Success Center:

Phone: 207-581-7070
Email: successcenter@maine.edu

Meet the team:

Tessa Smith

Title: Coordinator of the Student Success Center/Success Coach
Email: tessa.r.smith@maine.edu
Phone: 207-615-4923 (call or text)
Book Appointment: tessasmith.youcanbook.me (External Site)

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What I love about being a UMS Success Coach is having the opportunity to help put the pieces of the college puzzle together with students. I’m here to help students navigate to the right program, the right University of Maine System campuses and find the all-around right fit for their goals. What I hope to provide for students I work with is a sense of certainty and stability. Coming to college for the first time, or even returning, can be a scary process. But, I want each student to know that I am with them every step of the way. I’m ready, when you’re ready, to talk about college!




Lori Watson

Title: University of Maine System Success Coach
Email: lwatson@maine.edu
Phone: 207-899-5201 (call or text)
Book Appointment: l-watson.youcanbook.me (External Site)

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I am excited to be here and look forward to helping you navigate the sometimes confusing road to getting or completing your degree. As a UMS Success Coach, I have somewhat of a unique perspective as I took a 35 year hiatus before returning to college to complete my degree. I had a lot of help along the way and would love to share some of the things I’ve learned. The process can at times be overwhelming and intimidating. Let’s talk about it. I’m here to help!