Kennedy to stay at UMaine

Posted Feb. 10, 2009, at 4:07 p.m.

ORONO, Maine – Robert Kennedy will stay on as University of Maine president rather than take the same job at Kansas State University.

Kennedy has been in Manhattan, Kan., since Sunday completing another round of interviews with KSU officials.

“With challenges come opportunities, and I continue to believe that UMaine is well-positioned to build on its recent successes and continue as a unique, invaluable resource serving its students and the state,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Because of UMaine’s incredible faculty, staff, students and supporters, we have been able to move forward on several fronts, despite the budget challenges faced by our state and public higher education in general. More than ever, I believe that UMaine is the state’s best hope for the future of this great state.”

Kennedy was one of two finalists for the job. The other candidate for the job is Kirk Schulz, vice presi-dent for economic development at Mississippi State.