University of Southern Maine’s President Dr. Glenn Cummings was recently featured on WCSH-6’s popular local program “Bill Green’s Maine”. The interview discussed Cummings’ Maine roots as well as the future he envisions for the University.
Cummings and his family hail from Bath, where his father and grandfather worked at Bath Iron Works. He ran track at Morse High School and was the first in his family to earn a four year degree, which he began at University of Maine Farmington and transferred to Ohio Wesleyan University.
His interest in education began while he was teaching economics and American History at Gorham High School. He later ran for the Maine State Legislator and was eventually voted Speaker of the House. It was there he supported bills that aimed to bring more money into education, as well as co-sponsored one that created the Maine Community College System.
Following the end of his term, Cummings went on to teach at Southern Maine Community College and became the Director of Advancement. He worked with the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education and eventually accepted a position as the Interim President of University of Maine Augusta.
Cummings was “honored” to accept the position of President at the University of Southern Maine, declaring that he didn’t realize how much of a “sleeping giant” the University is. Bill Green described Cummings’ goals of “using local knowledge to develop a plan that will see campus involvements…[and] better connect the school with its community”.
To watch the interview, click here.