As Maine's Metropolitan University, USM is focused on engaged teaching and learning. Through its mutually beneficial partnerships with area businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies, USM provides its students an accessible and affordable opportunity for a truly transformative higher education.

USM is the birthplace for new careers; an incubator for applied research and economic development; a training ground for public service; the ultimate accessible, affordable source of life-changing college education.   USM's Office of University Relations supports this engaged approach through communications and marketing that help make internal and external audiences more aware of the programs and services offered to the community.  

News & Events

Dean of Students David McKenzie
New interim Dean of Students David McKenzie returns to his hometown of Portland in taking on this new role. He brings nearly twenty-five years as a higher education professional at the community college, comprehensive and research university level, including most recently at the California State University system.
Reza Jalali, USM Multicultural Center coordinator, in Portland
Recently named one of "50 Mainers charting the state's future" by Maine Magazine, Reza Jalali, USM Multicultural Student Affairs coordinator, was interviewed by Maine Public Broadcasting about his work, including the history of Muslims in the United States, and in particular, Maine.
H.S. students from Portland create videos at USM's Communication & Media Studies Production Center
The summertime "Gateway to Opportunity" program gathered 22 high schoolers from Portland. During their eight weeks together, and working with USM students, faculty and staff, the groups of rising juniors and seniors were encouraged to find stories in their own neighborhoods and organizations.

USM Experts

Lynne Miller is interviewed about higher education

The Office of Public Affairs is always ready to help the media find USM faculty and staff to provide expert commentary for news stories. 

To arrange for interviews, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 207-780-4150.