Dr. Jim ConneelyOn behalf of the entire University of Maine at Augusta family, I would like to welcome you to our community of learners. We are the school of opportunity that transforms lives. UMA is a community, built on the values of respect, civility, and inclusiveness, with the purpose of assisting you to be successful in your future endeavors.

UMA has a long and storied history of serving adult learners, veterans, and traditional students in multiple modalities from on-site to the virtual classroom. UMA is proud of our commitment to provide access to Mainers and others who desire the opportunity to enrich their careers and their lives.

UMA is committed to being innovative by providing a learning environment that stimulates discussion, debate, and dialogue. We continuously look at the needs of our campus community and students to ensure that we are adapting to your changing needs. UMA provides a strong foundation of learning grounded in the liberal arts, which will allow you to become a life-long learner able to adapt to careers that may not yet exist!

I encourage you to become fully engaged as a student and to reach out to the faculty and staff, who are devoted to working with you as you turn your dreams into reality. Everyone at UMA believes it is our privilege to have you as part of our student body.

Some of UMA’s accolades include: #30 Best On-Line degree programs (2016 US News); Military Friendly School (2016 GI Jobs); and #28 Best On-line Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (2015 US News).

UMA is celebrating our 50th year of academic excellence and exceptional student service. Our future is bright; in the next 50 years we will continue to serve all Mainers and other students from beyond our borders on our two campuses, through eight university college centers, and at 32 extension sites. I invite you to join this dynamic community to fulfill your aspirations!

Best wishes for a wonderful experience at UMA,

James F. Conneely, PhD

President Conneely Shares Vision for Vibrant Future (Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel 5/23/16)