Office of the President


Monday Missive (Dec. 7, 2020)

If the sound of perseverance, joy, and optimism during challenging times could be captured in heartwarming beauty, it happened last Friday evening. At its annual Gala, USM's renowned School of Music pierced the darkness of early winter with a series of musical performances that cheered every person in attendance.

Monday Missive (Nov. 30, 2020)

As we enter the final month of 2020, many among us are tentatively and hopefully peering ahead to a safer, more unified, and more prosperous 2021. Announcements of COVID-19 vaccines yielding successful trials may be harbingers of brighter times ahead. Given the impact of the pandemic, particularly on the most vulnerable among us, such sunlight on the horizon is welcome.

Monday Missive (Nov. 23, 2020)

This week many of us will celebrate — hopefully in safe ways — the blessings of our existence. Our circumstances this year may test our ability to feel grateful. But perhaps, despite all that we are experiencing, we have cause for even greater thanks.

Monday Missive (Nov. 16, 2020)

Suspending Athletics group practices and in-person activities for the next 10 days is one more important step we can take to limit nonessential contact and decrease the chances that students, faculty, and staff will be in quarantine or isolation through Thanksgiving. It’s also in line with the System’s guidance on limiting exposure over the final two weeks. We have all worked incredibly hard to get this far in the semester together. I want everyone to be able to enjoy a safe, healthy, and well-deserved break on Nov. 25.

Monday Missive (Nov. 9, 2020)

Today, Maine remains among the top three states in the country for percentage of adults in uniform. This week, America will celebrate the sacrifice of our veterans from every corner of the nation. May we each take a moment in the days ahead to share our gratitude for those who have served and, in many cases, given everything in defense of American democracy.

Monday Missive (Nov. 2, 2020)

Whatever your political perspective on tomorrow's election, please remember to participate in the blessings of democracy by casting a vote. And no matter which way the vote goes tomorrow, your participation in the direction of our democracy does not stop at voting. Join committees, write editorials, run for public office, work for candidates, and peacefully assemble to support or oppose the actions of our elected officials.

Monday Missive (Oct. 26, 2020)

A look back and ahead at the events and activities that shape our lives at the University of Southern Maine.

The 2019–2020 Annual Report

In the midst of this unprecedented upheaval, we achieved continued enrollment growth in key areas, a balanced fiscal position, ongoing reductions in student debt, significant philanthropic success, monumental progress with USM's largest capital construction project, and numerous other indicators of a vibrant and strong university.
photo of USM President Glenn Cummings

Harold Alfond Foundation makes historic commitment of $240 million to UMS

The Harold Alfond Foundation has made an historic commitment of $240 million to the University of Maine System, the eighth-largest gift ever made to a U.S institution of higher education and the largest ever to a public institution of higher education in New England.

A Message from President Cummings on the Historic Gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation

As a citizen of Maine, I couldn’t be happier about this gift and more grateful to the Harold Alfond Foundation. I hope you will join me in thanking the Foundation for this infusion of resources and all of the opportunities it creates for the System, USM, and the people of Maine.