At its September 27, 2021 meeting, the UMS Board of Trustees approved a general charge to the UMA presidential search committee. The charge directs that the search committee work with the search consultant to gather campus input and finalize a presidential profile to be used along with the broad presidential responsibilities articulated in UMS Policy 204 as guidelines throughout the search for a new president for UMA.

The UMS Charter provides that the UMA President is the chief administrative and academic officer of the university, within the limits defined by the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor. The President exercises the rights and privileges that are generally recognized in the executive management of a university in admissions, curriculum development, extracurricular programs, long-range planning (within the framework of the overall university and System plans), and supervision of faculty. In the UMS unified accreditation model, every university president is also called upon to be a collaborative University of Maine System partner and leader, working to advance university, System, and Board priorities and both the university’s and System’s missions.

The most important priorities and expectations for the next UMA President within the framework of the Board’s strategic directives and advancing opportunities in UMS’s unified accreditation environment include:

  • Leveraging UMA’s strengths in distance learning and its network of campuses, centers, and learning sites to serve Maine’s workforce development needs through expanded professional and liberal arts programs, flexible scheduling and modality options, and expanded professional development opportunities for adult learners in the incumbent workforce, both through UMA and in collaboration with other UMS universities
  • Leading strong, sustainable enrollment growth through successful recruitment, retention and graduation of life-long learners, with particular emphasis on adults, veterans, transfer students, and those with some college credit but no credentials, and developing/implementing more opportunities for continuous learning beyond graduation as adults in Maine need to reskill and upskill to meet evolving workforce needs in Maine
  • Ensuring sustainable budget planning, execution, and revenue growth consistent with a sustainable and achievable university vision and strategic plans that advance UMS’s overall mission and strategic plan

General skills, abilities, education and experience necessary to optimize the chances for success

  • Familiarity with the opportunities and challenges of publicly funded higher education, and specific to UMA’s mission and population served, with serving adult and non-traditional populations with a blend of both distance/remote and in-person learning
  • Academic credentials and leadership experience necessary to lead a university of UMA’s type, size, and mission
  • A willingness to lead the university through culture change to embrace opportunities in UMS’s unified accreditation model, with innovative vision for how to leverage UMA’s unique mission and strengths in remote and distance learning and serving adults and non-traditional students in a variety of signature professional and liberal arts programs
  • A demonstrated understanding of, and respect for, academic values and shared governance and a proactive willingness to work through them to effect change
  • Demonstrated financial and entrepreneurial acumen appropriate in or analogous to the higher education environment
  • Strong relationship skills (e.g., an ability to move the university forward, bridge individual differences and build high performing administrative and academic teams)
  • Integrity, a positive demeanor, and ability to inspire confidence and empower leaders across the university