Who We Are
The University of Southern Maine, northern New England's outstanding public, regional, comprehensive university, is dedicated to providing its diverse student body of more than 7,500 students from forty states and thirty foreign countries with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education. Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, 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. Located on three campuses in Gorham, Portland, and Lewiston-Auburn, USM is known as Maine's Metropolitan University and serves communities that are among the largest population centers in the state.
Our University Goals
On August 27, 2015, during his inaugural opening breakfast speech, President Glenn Cummings outlined the university’s original nine goals, which were to be completed within five years. The goals are ambitious yet achievable and will ensure the university maintains its academic excellence, dedication to students, high-level engagement with our communities, and financial stability far into the future.
In 2019, at the university’s Opening Breakfast, President Cummings announced a 10th and vitally important goal: to make University of Southern Maine a place of equity, inclusion and justice for all.
USM's Service Promise & Values
As staff and faculty of USM, the President calls on us to be Student Focused Every Day.
Our Service Values are:
- Respect & Care
Great Colleges to Work For
In support of President Cumming's ten goals for USM, USM has been participating in The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For® program, this includes a national survey designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. This survey is confidential and is managed by an outside consulting company, ModernThink. President Cummings talks about USM's participation in the program here.
Out of 570 faculty and staff respondents,
- 70% feel that their job at USM makes good use of their skills and abilties;
- 82% say that they are given the responsibilty and freedom to do their job;
- 79% believe that USM's benefits meets their needs;
- 79% believe supervisors support employee efforts to balance work and personal life; and
- 84% feel that USM actively contributes to the community.
University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings announced the creation of a Master Plan website, outlining the initiative aimed at helping USM align space needs, facility needs and campus needs.
The work will “allow the University to chart an exciting long-term strategy for growth that supports its academic mission,” Cummings said.
The master planning process seeks to involve and engage three groups:
- Leading the process is a Steering Committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community representatives. The Committee is co-chaired by Provost Jeannine Uzzi and community member Cyrus Hagge.
- Supporting the Steering Committee and facilitating the process are consultants with Harriman & Associates, Goody Clancy, and Rickes Associates.
- Providing input and feedback to the Steering Committee are the faculty, staff, and students of USM as well as the communities that surround our three campuses.