May 25, 2018
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University of Maine System chancellor candidates to visit campuses next week

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The three finalists for the University of Maine System chancellorship will visit three system campuses next week, and students, employees and members of the public will have the chance to hear from each candidate during open forums.

The itineraries are identical in times and locations of the visits, but the dates are staggered so no two candidates will be at the same place on the same day. The first day for each candidate will begin with a streaming videoconference from 10-11:30 a.m.

Then he or she will move on to the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus to meet with members of the public from 2 to 3:15 p.m in Room 133 of Wishcamper Hall.

On each candidate’s second day, he or she will participate in a forum at the University of Maine in Orono, which is scheduled for 10-11:15 a.m. in Room 2 of Wells Conference Center.

After that, candidates will travel to the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center for a forum set for 3:30-4:45 p.m.

James Page of Old Town will be the first to visit on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 17-18.

Page is principal and chief executive officer of James W. Sewall Co. and an adjunct associate professor in UMaine’s Department of Philosophy.

He was one of four finalists in the University of Maine’s search for a president early this year after former UMaine President Robert Kennedy announced plans to leave the state for a new position.

Meredith Hay of Tucson, Ariz., will visit Thursday and Friday, Jan. 18-19.

Hay is special adviser to the chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents for Strategic Initiatives and a physiology professor at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. She also has held vice president-level positions at the University of Arizona, the University of Iowa and the University of Missouri System.

Rebecca Wyke of Augusta will tour the campuses Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 19-20.

Wyke is vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Maine System. She has also served as commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services and as chief deputy secretary of state.

The candidates also will participate in forums by videoconference with the system’s universities in Presque Isle, Machias, Augusta and Farmington. Those will be shown at campuses the candidates won’t be visiting.

To see the full visit itineraries, go to

Correction: an earlier version of this story swapped the dates of two candidates’ visits. Meredith Hay will visit campuses Jan. 18 and 19. Rebecca Wyke will visit Jan. 19 and 20.

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