Office of the President

Presidential Search

A message from the Search Committee Chair

The USM Presidential Search Committee will work in active concert with the Academic Search Senior Consultants to conduct a thorough, inclusive, equitable, and orderly search process.

Presidential searches typically involve a balance of planning and flexibility, as well as confidentiality (for the candidates) and transparency (for the campus). We will work to ensure that we attract and retain the highest caliber candidates through the conclusion of the search. Any material changes will be posted to this website, and will be communicated directly to USM constituents as needed.

Please note that meetings of the Presidential Search Committee are subject to the Maine Freedom of Access Act (“Open Meetings”) law, and will be noticed in advance on the UMS Board website.

— James Erwin, Search Committee Chair, Board of Trustees member

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Presidential Search Survey 

The following survey can be completed in approximately 10 minutes. Your feedback will be very helpful to the search committee in our search for a new President. Please be assured that your responses are confidential, and that you *can* submit your feedback anonymously.

                                                             Complete the Presidential Search Survey

Please note that only responses submitted by December 13, 2021 will be able to receive full consideration by the Search Committee at its first meeting and in drafting the presidential prospectus.  Responses received after that date will still be compiled and shared with the Search Committee at a later time, for their consideration in selecting and interviewing candidates.


Search Timeframe


Approximate Time Frame

Due Diligence; Listening Sessions; Initial Meeting of Search Committee

Nov. 29-Dec. 16

Recruitment (by Academic Search)

December-January-early February

Review of applications; selection; initial interviews (by Search Committee)

February 2022

Finalist Interviews with campus representatives

March 3-11, 2022

Board of Trustees authorizes contract negotiations with recommended candidate

March 27-28, 2022

New USM President publicly introduced

Early to mid April 2022


USM Presidential Search Committee

Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 2-5 PM

Zoom Information:

Meeting ID: 823 4027 7763

Password: 569795