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President of the University of Southern Maine
University of Maine System in Portland, Maine
Date Posted 01/20/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

President of the University of Southern Maine
Campus: Portland
Department: President - PPRES
Bargaining Unit: MGMT Group
Salary Band/Wage Band: 01
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am - 5:00pm, evenings and weekends as necessary
Location: Portland ME
Statement of the Job:


The University of Southern Maine (USM) announces a national search for their next President and Academic Search is honored to assist in their efforts. USM’s next President will be an inspiring leader who builds partnerships and collaborations with internal and external constituencies. An enthusiastic and effective communicator, USM’s President will be an active listener and supporter of shared governance at USM and within the System. Focused on the evolution of USM’s brand and competitiveness, the next President will ensure alignment of USM’s programs and activities within the overarching mission, values, and ongoing strategic plans and initiatives of the University of Maine System.

USM is at the heart of Maine’s most exciting metropolitan region—from Portland’s lively Old Port and growing employers, to Lewiston’s vibrant arts district, to Gorham’s friendly village center. The University of Southern Maine is known for its academic excellence, student focus, affordability, and outstanding career preparation with internships that take advantage of its location in the economic, cultural, and entertainment heart of northern New England. With just under 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service.

USM’s President serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of USM, overseeing all aspects of operations within the approved mission of USM. The President reports directly to the Chancellor of the University of Maine System, Dannel Malloy, and implements the policies and procedures set forth by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. The President is charged with a set of traditional responsibilities enumerated by the Board of Trustees. A complete list of challenges, opportunities, and preferred qualifications of the next President can be found in the position profile located here.

Applications, nominations, and inquiries can be sent to: USMPresident@academicsearch.org by the preferred application date of February 21, 2022. Application materials should be submitted as PDF documents. When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee’s full name, title, institution/ employer, and email address. Senior consultants Katherine Haley at katherine.haley@academicsearch.org and Ginny Horvath at ginny.horvath@academicsearch.org are supporting USM throughout this search and welcome confidential exploration conversations. They can be contacted through their email address.

About the University:

Established in 1968, the University of Maine System (UMS) unites six distinctive public universities, comprising 10 campuses and numerous centers, in the common purpose of providing quality higher education while delivering on its traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service. A comprehensive public institution of higher education, UMS serves more than 30,000 students annually and is supported by the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty, more than 3,000 regular full-time and part-time staff, and a complement of part-time temporary (adjunct) faculty. Reaching more than 500,000 people annually through educational and cultural offerings, the University of Maine System also benefits from more than two-thirds of its alumni population residing within the state; more than 123,000 individuals. The System consists of six universities: The University of Maine (UMaine), including its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias (UMM); the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and the University of Southern Maine (USM). The System also includes the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.

For information about the University of Maine System's COVID-19 response and guidelines for employees, please visit: https://www.maine.edu/together/.


For complete details and qualifications, please view the full prospectus here.

Other Information:

The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 207-581-1226. TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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