Dr. Joseph SzakasIn August 2021, Dr. Joseph Szakas was appointed as Interim President at the University of Maine at Augusta and also serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  He is an active member of the faculty as Professor of Computer Information Systems

He joined UMA in the Fall of 2000, teaching computer courses ranging from Java programming, Systems Analysis, Geographical Information systems, and the senior capstone ethics course and became Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in 2012. He is longest serving Provost among the current academic vice presidents and provosts within the University of Maine System. His research interests are in computational geometric algorithms for massively parallel machines and applying that research to the field of crime mapping.

Dr. Szakas obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Michigan – Dearborn, his Master Degree in Computer Science from Western Michigan University, a Master’s degree and his PhD in Geodetic Science from The Ohio State University, where he worked at the OSU Center for Mapping.  Dr. Szakas also worked at the Crime Mapping Research Center at the National Institute of Justice in Washington D.C. and taught computer science with the University of Maryland University College in Korea.

He and his family live in Winthrop.

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The President’s Office is located in the Alumni Center on the Augusta campus.

Dr. Joseph Szakas (President) – 207-621-3041
Joyce Blanchard (Executive Director of Advancement & Strategic Projects) – 207-621-3403 or joyceb@maine.edu
Renee Sherman (Executive Assistant to the President and Coordinator of Special Projects) – (main line) 207-621-3041 or renee.sherman@maine.edu