BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of New England has named Dora Anne Mills, the former director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, vice president for clinical affairs. In her new role at UNE, which has campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Mills is charged with strengthening the school’s clinical partnerships and its community and public health mission. She will join UNE on Sept. 1.
A pediatrician by training, Mills served as director of the Maine CDC for 15 years under Govs. Angus King and John Baldacci. She is widely recognized for her public health accomplishments, including reducing Maine’s rates of tobacco use, teen pregnancy and childhood obesity.
As Maine’s CDC director, she established numerous statewide partnerships with hospitals, nonprofit agencies and schools, including the statewide Healthy Maine Partnerships, which provide public health programs on a local level.
Mills received her M.D. degree from University of Vermont College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from Harvard University.
“Dr. Mills’ outstanding record of public health service and collaboration makes her the ideal choice to lead UNE’s interprofessional health care education efforts and expand our public health and clinical outreach programs in Maine,” UNE president Danielle Ripich said in an announcement on Thursday.
Mills left her post at the Maine CDC last December shortly after the election of Gov. Paul LePage and the new Republican Legislature. She accepted a position as medical director for MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, but in February she was ousted from that position without notice or explanation from the LePage administration.
Thursday’s announcement of Mills’ new position included enthusiastic responses from Maine’s medical community, including Dr. Robert McAfee, former president of the American Medical Association and UNE trustee emeritus, and Dr. Joel A. Kase, president of the Maine Osteopathic Association and division chief for public health at the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Gordon Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, said Mills will contribute to the “already excellent clinical education” provided at the UNE and noted that her appointment will support collaboration between allopathic and osteopathic providers to improve the quality of medical care in Maine.
Named one of the best regional universities in America by US News & Report, UNE offers concentrations in health sciences education, biomedical research, and the liberal arts, including interdisciplinary programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Westbrook College of Health Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Graduate Studies. For more information, visit www.une.edu.