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Dr. Glenn Cummings Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

UMS Chancellor James Page taps public servant with deep Maine roots to lead university with statewide reach.

Augusta, Maine -- University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page joined Board of Trustee Member Marge Medd in announcing that Dr. Glenn Cummings has been appointed the interim President of the University of Maine at Augusta.  Dr. Cummings will take office on September 9th and serve until a permanent president is identified. 

Trustee Marge Medd will head the formal presidential search committee to be formed later in the academic year to identify a permanent president for the University of Maine at Augusta.

Dr. Cummings was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education, where he helped manage a $1.9 billion budget that focused on improving access to adult education and literacy training, as well as career and technical education.  He has also taught Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine and been conducting research into improving higher education retention and completion in Maine.   

Since 2010, Glenn Cummings has been President and Executive Director of the G.W. Hinckley organization.  Under his leadership, the organization leveraged a generous contribution from the Harold Alfond Foundation to create the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences.  This statewide residential school delivers an innovative curriculum to Maine students centered on the environment, agriculture and forestry.

During his tenure at G.W. Hinckley, the school broke enrollment request records, maintained a balanced budget and raised funds to build a state-of-the-art academic center on campus.   Dr. Cummings also helped established programs like “College Step Up” and partnerships with a local community college that expanded access for students to higher education.

Dr. Cummings has also served in the highest levels of elected office in Maine.  He was Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and chaired the Joint Committee of Education and Cultural Affairs.  As a lawmaker Dr. Cummings helped create the state community college system and has been a tireless advocate for higher appropriations for higher education. 

“We have a strong team at UMA.  In Dr. Cummings we add a proven Maine leader and public servant who combines state and federal policy expertise with the practical experience of running a Maine-based institution,” said Chancellor Page.  “Like Sue Hunter at UMaine and David Flanagan at USM, Glenn is a talented Mainer joining the leadership ranks of our public higher education system understanding our challenges and seeing our potential as a public service institution.” 

“On behalf of the Board, I want to welcome President Cummings to the university,” said Trustee Marge Medd.  “Glenn’s collaborative leadership is a great fit for what our faculty and staff are striving to accomplish here at the University of Maine at Augusta.”

“As a multi-generation Mainer and first generation four-year college graduate, I have lived personally the power of education to transform lives,” said President Cummings.  “I am honored to join a team here at the Augusta campus, the Bangor campus and the University Centers across the state with a reputation for success and a principled commitment to innovation.” 

Serving over 5,000 students, UMA is the third largest public university in Maine. In addition to its main campus in the state’s capital, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and through eight University College centers around the state.  With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.

For Immediate Release                                                       Contact:  Dan Demeritt
September 2, 2014                                               (207) 215-4544 / Dan.Demeritt@maine.edu

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT AUGUSTA
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN

Overview

The University of Maine at Augusta is seeking proposals for consulting services to help coordinate a fundraising/capital campaign in conjunction with UMA’s 50th anniversary in 2015. Consulting services would begin in the spring of 2014 and run for one year.  The contract could potentially be extended by mutual agreement of both parties.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) states the instructions for submitting proposals, the procedure and criteria by which a vendor may be selected and the contractual terms by which the University intends to govern the relationship between it and the selected vendor.  

Project Description

In conjunction with UMA’s 50th anniversary in 2015, the University is planning to leverage this milestone to raise funds in 5 general areas: scholarships for adult learners; enhancing distance education in Maine; enhancing services and support for veterans enrolled at UMA; renovating UMA’s auditorium space; and increasing support for all existing scholarships and programs.

A draft case, campaign plan, timeline and structure are enclosed with the RFP. These drafts are currently being circulated to potential funders and supporters, and will likely be modified in the coming weeks. The University of Maine System Board of Trustees will consider UMA’s final proposal at its March 24, 2014 meeting.

Although changes to the drafts are expected in the coming weeks, UMA is currently envisioning a campaign goal in the range of $5 million to $7.5 million dollars. The draft timeline calls for a Leadership Phase to begin this April, followed by a Major Gifts Phase this fall, and a Community Phase during calendar year 2015.

UMA is looking for a hands-on consultant to help coordinate and manage this campaign, with support provided by the University’s Executive Director of External Relations, President, Chief-of-Staff, Advancement Manager, and selected campaign leadership.

Minimally, we expect consultant services to run for one year, beginning in the spring of 2014, with the possibility of extending such services further by mutual agreement of both parties.

What UMA will do:

  • UMA will recruit campaign leadership and volunteers.
  • UMA will design, provide copy and print a final case and all print and digital collateral and forms necessary to execute the campaign.
  • UMA will identify potential givers and designate campaign leadership and volunteers to solicit such donors.
  • UMA will manage the public information and public relations for the campaign.
  • UMA will organize campaign events.
  • What the consultant will do:

  • The consultant will manage the implementation and execution of the campaign.
  • The consultant will provide ongoing training to campaign leadership and volunteers on conducting a campaign and soliciting gifts, and provide advice and assistance in identifying and soliciting donors.
  • The consultant will monitor campaign progress, and keep campaign leadership on track.
  • The consultant will assist with proposals to foundations.
  • The consultant will recommend print and digital materials needed to conduct the campaign, and provide templates when available.
  • The consultant will provide advice and expertise on all aspects of the campaign, including those for which UMA is assuming responsibility.
  • Inquiries

    Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to:

    Bob Stein
    Executive Director of External Relations
    rstein@maine.edu
    207-621-3447

    Proposal Submittal

    Because this proposal is somewhat open-ended both in length of contract and responsibilities, bidders are encouraged to include a menu of available services, costs associated with each service, and a recommendation on the services for which UMA should contract.

    Please also include in your RFP:

  • any higher ed experience your company may have;
  • a case study or samples of your prior work, and
  • a list of three references of former clients for whom you have conducted a fundraising or capital campaign.  Please provide company names with contact persons and telephone numbers.
  • Proposals must be received by 2:00 P.M., Friday, February 21, 2014.  Proposals will be accepted via email, fax or mail. All proposals should be put to the attention of Bob Stein, Executive Director of External Relations.

    Email: send to rstein@maine.du.
    Fax: send to 207/621-3069
    Mail: send to UMA, Office of External Relations, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330

    The University assumes no responsibility for a proposal not reaching us, or for delays caused by any package or mail delivery service.  A postmark on or before the due date will not substitute for receipt of proposal.  In the event that the University is closed due to inclement weather at the time that a proposal is due, the proposal will be opened at the same time on the next day that the University is open.  Additional time will not be granted to any single bidder, however, additional time may be granted to all bidders when the University determines that circumstances require it.  

    Proposal Consideration

    Proposals due at UMA by 2:00 PM on February 21st

  • Finalists will be selected by February 28th.
  • Finalists present proposals to selected campaign leadership and staff – week of March 3rd
  • Consultant selected – Friday March 7th
  • Consultant begins work on or about April 1st, with start date chosen by mutual agreement.
  • Note: Final contract is contingent on University of Maine System Board of Trustees approving UMA campaign. Vote will take place on March 24, 2014.
  • Proposal Evaluation and Award 

    Award will be made based on recent experience with similar projects, quality of product, cost, and references.

    The University reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, in whole or in part and is not necessarily bound to accept the lowest bid.  

    Bidders may appeal the award decision by submitting a written protest to UMA’s Executive Director for Administrative Services within five (5) business days of the date of the award notice, with a copy to the successful bidder.  The protest must contain a statement of the basis for the challenge.

    Contract Terms and Conditions 

    The contract entered into by UMA and the winning bidder shall consist of the University’s Professional Service Contract, the RFP, the signed proposal submitted by the Contractor, the specifications including all modifications thereof, and a purchase order, all of which shall be referred to collectively as the Contract Documents.

    Bob Stein, UMA’s Executive Director of External Relations, shall be the University's authorized representative in all matters pertaining to the administration of this contract.

    Payment: A method for payment will be determined and agreed to by both parties, with payment made in arrears for services rendered.

    Equal Opportunity: In the execution of the contract, the Contractor and all subcontractors agree, consistent with University of Maine System policy, not to discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status or gender expression, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability or veteran’s status and to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  The University encourages the employment of individuals with disabilities.

    Sexual Harassment: The University is committed to providing a positive environment for all students and staff.  Sexual harassment, whether intentional or not, undermines the quality of this educational and working climate.  The University thus has a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that all students and employees can learn and work in an environment free of sexual harassment.  Consistent with the state and federal law, this right to freedom from sexual harassment was defined as University policy by the Board of Trustees.  Failure to comply with this policy could result in termination of this contract without advanced notice.  Further information regarding this policy is available from University of Maine at Augusta, Sheri R. Stevens, Executive Director for Administrative Services, Farmhouse, (207) 621-3110.

    Smoking Policy:  The contractor must comply with UMA’s tobacco use policy that can be found at http://www.uma.edu/tobaccofree.html.

    Contractor’s Liability Insurance:  During the term of this agreement, the Contractor shall maintain the following insurance:

    Insurance Type Coverage Limit
    1.  Commercial General Liability
    (Written on an Occurrence-based form)
    $1,000,000 per occurrence or more
     (Bodily Injury and Property Damage)

    2.  Automobile Liability
    (Including Hired & Non-Owned)

    $1,000,000 per occurrence or more
    (Bodily Injury and Property Damage)

    3.  Workers Compensation

    Required for all personnel
    (In Compliance with Applicable State Law)

     The University of Maine System shall be named as Additional Insured on the Commercial General Liability insurance.

    Certificates of Insurance for all of the above insurance shall be filed with:

             Office of Administrative Services
             University of Maine at Augusta
             46 University Drive
             Augusta, Maine 04330

    Certificates shall be filed prior to the date of performance under this Agreement.  Said certificates, in addition to proof of coverage, shall contain the standard Acord statement pertaining to written notification in the event of cancellation, with a thirty (30) day notification period.

    As additional insured and certificate holder, the University should be included as follows:

             University of Maine at Augusta
             46 University Drive
             Augusta, Maine 04330

    Representation: Provide the name(s) of the representative(s) who will have responsibility for this project and will serve as primary contact for the University for all matters pertaining to the project.

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    Glenn A. Cummings, Ed.D

    Glen CummingsBefore returning home to Maine in 2010, Dr. Glenn Cummings served President Obama as Deputy Assistant Secretary within the U.S. Department of Education. There he helped manage a $1.9 billion annual budget that focused on improving access to adult education and literacy training, career and technical education, and community colleges.  He was part of a team that designed President Obama’s plan to boost America’s graduation rate by 2020. Cummings also chaired the Department’s Green Initiative, which focused on increasing the teaching and learning of sustainability principles in American education.

    Cummings received appointment as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at University of Southern Maine. He teaches within both the Masters and Doctoral degree programs. His doctoral thesis, entitled Turning Green from the Inside Out, centered on the internal leadership of four American colleges in their quest for national-level achievement in sustainability. His is presently researching higher education completion and retention in Maine.

    In 2010, Cummings took over as President and Executive Director of G.W. Hinckley organization, an historic 121-year-old school for high school youth located on a 2,400-acre campus in Hinckley, Maine. Under his tenure, the organization used a $10.5 million philanthropic contribution from the Harold Alfond Foundation to create the first charter school in Maine history, the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences. The state-wide, residential school focuses on environmental education, agriculture and forestry

    Cummings is former Speaker of the House in the Maine House of Representatives, Majority Leader, and Chairman of the state’s Joint Committee of Education and Cultural Affairs, where he sponsored the successful bill to create the state community college system. He provided leadership for the passage of a bipartisan state budget, brokering an agreement on the largest economic investment bond package in the state’s history; he also successfully led an effort to significantly increase higher education appropriations.  

    Cummings obtained his Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously earned a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. 

     

    Dr. Glenn Cummings Appointed President of the University of Maine at Augusta

    UMS Chancellor James Page taps public servant with deep Maine roots to lead university with statewide reach.

    Augusta, Maine -- University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page joined Board of Trustee Member Marge Medd in announcing that Dr. Glenn Cummings has been appointed the interim President of the University of Maine at Augusta.  Dr. Cummings will take office on September 9th and serve until a permanent president is identified. 

    Trustee Marge Medd will head the formal presidential search committee to be formed later in the academic year to identify a permanent president for the University of Maine at Augusta.

    Dr. Cummings was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education, where he helped manage a $1.9 billion budget that focused on improving access to adult education and literacy training, as well as career and technical education.  He has also taught Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine and been conducting research into improving higher education retention and completion in Maine.   

    Since 2010, Glenn Cummings has been President and Executive Director of the G.W. Hinckley organization.  Under his leadership, the organization leveraged a generous contribution from the Harold Alfond Foundation to create the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences.  This statewide residential school delivers an innovative curriculum to Maine students centered on the environment, agriculture and forestry.

    During his tenure at G.W. Hinckley, the school broke enrollment request records, maintained a balanced budget and raised funds to build a state-of-the-art academic center on campus.   Dr. Cummings also helped established programs like “College Step Up” and partnerships with a local community college that expanded access for students to higher education.

    Dr. Cummings has also served in the highest levels of elected office in Maine.  He was Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and chaired the Joint Committee of Education and Cultural Affairs.  As a lawmaker Dr. Cummings helped create the state community college system and has been a tireless advocate for higher appropriations for higher education. 

    “We have a strong team at UMA.  In Dr. Cummings we add a proven Maine leader and public servant who combines state and federal policy expertise with the practical experience of running a Maine-based institution,” said Chancellor Page.  “Like Sue Hunter at UMaine and David Flanagan at USM, Glenn is a talented Mainer joining the leadership ranks of our public higher education system understanding our challenges and seeing our potential as a public service institution.” 

    “On behalf of the Board, I want to welcome President Cummings to the university,” said Trustee Marge Medd.  “Glenn’s collaborative leadership is a great fit for what our faculty and staff are striving to accomplish here at the University of Maine at Augusta.”

    “As a multi-generation Mainer and first generation four-year college graduate, I have lived personally the power of education to transform lives,” said President Cummings.  “I am honored to join a team here at the Augusta campus, the Bangor campus and the University Centers across the state with a reputation for success and a principled commitment to innovation.” 

    Serving over 5,000 students, UMA is the third largest public university in Maine. In addition to its main campus in the state’s capital, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and through eight University College centers around the state.  With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.

    For Immediate Release                                                       Contact:  Dan Demeritt
    September 2, 2014                                               (207) 215-4544 / Dan.Demeritt@maine.edu