ORONO, Maine — University of Maine President Dr. Robert Kennedy is a finalist in the search for a new president of Kansas State University, according to a KSU news release.
Kennedy and his wife, Mary, will visit the KSU campus next week, according to the Friday release.
Kennedy has been president of the University of Maine since 2005.
“I am not looking for an opportunity to leave UMaine,” Kennedy said in a statement released Friday morning. “But Kansas State, as one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities, is one of the few institutions that I would consider.”
Kennedy added that he did not seek the opportunity, but was approached several weeks ago by the firm managing the search.
“This interest by Kansas State is recognition of the accomplishments of UMaine’s faculty and staff members, whose collective efforts are making such a positive
difference throughout Maine and beyond,” he continued. “It is an honor to serve this university and my family and I can certainly see ourselves being happy here for many more years, if things work out that way.”
He previously served as the Interim President and Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Maine, and in various capacities at the University of Maryland, Texas A&M University, the National Science Foundation, Ohio State University, Washington State University, and the University of Iowa.
Dr. Kennedy earned a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelors in Plant Science from the University of Minnesota.
His application letter and resume can be found on the KSU Presidential Search page on the Board’s website at
the following link: http://www.kansasregents.org/ksusearch.html.
“The K-State Presidential Search Committee is certainly looking forward to having Bob and his wife Mary on campus and in the Manhattan community next week,” said Nelson Galle of Manhattan, former-Regent and Chair of the KSU Presidential Search Committee.
The first presidential finalist visited KSU on January 15 and 16, and the second finalist visited on
January 22 and 23. Dr. Kennedy is the third and final candidate to visit campus.
In May, President Jon Wefald announced that he would retire at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year after what will be 23 years of service as KSU’s President. KSU said it expects a new president to be designated early in 2009, to assume the presidency at KSU
on or about July 1, 2009.