Office of the President

President's Bio

David T. FlanaganDavid T. Flanagan

David T. Flanagan, a lifelong citizen of Maine, has had a remarkably diverse career of service in higher education, private business, government, and non-profit organization leadership. He has specialized in handling complex problems, addressing difficult turnaround situations, and managing emergencies in all of these sectors.       

He served as a member (1986-1995) and chairman (1991-2) of the University of Maine System (UMS) Board of Trustees (BOT), leading it through a major recession while preserving and consolidating the advances recommended by the Strider/Muskie commission.    

In 2009, he was asked by the Board of Trustees to chair the New Challenges, New Directions task force on the future of UMS.  The subsequent report, and his analysis of the financial risks to the university and the need to find efficiencies and new opportunities for growth were prescient.    

David served a term on the board of Thomas College, a small, private academic institution in Waterville.  Additionally, he served internationally, as a board member (1993-2011), chairman (2004-8), and council member (2011-present) of the American University in Bulgaria, a highly successful new school established by the US government in the post-communist Balkans with the help of the University of Maine System.

Until this appointment, he served as chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Muskie School of Public Service at USM (2008-2014), where he chaired the External Review committee on restructuring (2013).       

In addition to his public service, he has worked professionally in both law and business. A partner at Pierce Atwood and then CEO of Central Maine Power (CMP), he has faced demanding challenges. Of significant note, David managed CMP at a time of deregulation, declining market share, and financial uncertainty. His leadership during this time, and during the 1998 ice storm, benefitted the company and the state of Maine.

In government, he worked on major problems involving the spruce budworm epidemic and the restoration of public reserved lands to public control. As Chief Counsel for Governor Brennan he worked on economic development initiatives and balancing the budget without increasing taxes, among other major projects. While serving as General Counsel to the US Senate Homeland Security Committee, he worked on the investigation of the federal government’s poor response to Hurricane Katrina.   

In the non-profit sector, he is currently working as a member of the Board of the Harold Alfond Foundation. David chaired the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy during a period of rapid growth. Additionally, he led, along with his wife, Kaye, a major fundraising effort for a pre-k education center in Augusta for children with disabilities.

David was educated at Bangor, Hamden and Portland, Maine public schools,  Harvard College BA '69; University of London (England), King's College MA '70;  Boston College Law School JD '73.  

He is a member of the bars of Maine, the US District Court and the US Supreme Court. He currently resides in Manchester, Maine with his wife Kaye, who is also active in the civic life of the state.