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Dr. James F. Conneely To Lead University of Maine at Augusta

James Conneely, 2015 UMA Presidential CandidateProven leader in expanding access and service to non-traditional and first-generation students named UMA President following national search and consideration of more than 70 candidates

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced that Dr. James F. Conneely will be the new President of the University of Maine at Augusta. With campuses in Augusta, Bangor, and University College Centers in eight rural or underserved communities, the University of Maine at Augusta has a statewide mission of expanding access to higher education for learners of all ages, locations and backgrounds.

Dr. Conneely was selected as a finalist for the presidency following an extensive national search process that resulted in an applicant pool of more than 70 candidates and campus visits earlier in the fall when students, staff, faculty and community members engaged in discussions with three presidential finalists that significantly shaped the outcome of the selection process.

Dr. Conneely will begin work on January 19, 2016. In addition to serving as the President of UMA he will join the leadership team of the University of Maine System as a valued partner in the work to establish One University for all of Maine. The One University effort is a pioneering initiative that seeks to ensure that all Maine’s public university resources can be brought to bear in support of every Maine student, business and community.

“Together we chose Dr. Conneely as our new leader through a collective understanding of where UMA is in its fifty-year evolution as an institution of higher learning and our shared agreement that we must work even harder to assist those who have the farthest to go to reach their desired destination,” said Marjorie Medd, Chair of the UMA Presidential Search Committee and a Member of the UMS Board of Trustees.

“The faculty and staff at UMA and the University College Centers understand and have embraced the idea that every learner can succeed,” said Chancellor James H. Page “Any review of Dr. Conneely’s credentials and accomplishments makes it clear he is ready to lead this university. He has built a 30-year career identifying, enrolling, supporting and graduating the very same students we work so hard to reach here at UMA.”

“The University of Maine at Augusta is building a national reputation as a leader in helping students achieve regardless of age, background or location thanks to the dedication of its talented faculty and staff,” said Dr. James F. Conneely, the newly named President of the University of Maine at Augusta.

“It is privilege to bring my experience in expanding access and passion for student service and success to a university so focused on helping learners of all types and from all corners of Maine think bigger and achieve more,” continued Conneely. “UMA and the stories of its students are inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to join a statewide team of educators with an unmatched commitment to helping students reach new opportunities through higher education.”
Augusta Availability: Dr. Conneely is being introduced by Chancellor Page in the Fireside Lounge of the Randall Center of the Augusta campus Tuesday, December 1st at 10 AM.

Bangor Availability: Dr. Conneely and Chancellor Page will then visit the Bangor Campus for a welcome reception at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 1st in room 124 of the Eastport Hall.

Further background on Dr. Conneely’s career in higher education can be found here.
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