UMF names three finalists for campus president

Posted March 16, 2012, at 4:38 p.m.
Christopher Ames
Christopher Ames
Charlotte Borst
Charlotte Borst
Kathryn Foster
Kathryn Foster

FARMINGTON, Maine — The search for a new president of the University of Maine at Farmington has been narrowed down to three, the school announced Friday.

One finalist will be selected to take the place of current President Theodora J. Kalikow, the longest-serving UMF president since the school became a four-year college in 1945. Kalikow announced last year that she will retire as president of UMF at the end of June, after 18 years with the institution.

A presidential search committee was formed late last year to begin working on the national search. The 14-person committee includes three members of the University of Maine System board of trustees, as well as UMF faculty, staff, students and local community members.

UMS trustee Marjorie Medd of Norway, who chairs of the search committee, announced the following finalists for the UMF presidency and the dates they will visit the campus:

• Christopher Ames, Ph.D., special assistant to the president at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. (April 1-3)

• Charlotte Borst, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif. (April 3-5)

• Kathryn Foster, Ph.D., visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, based in Washington, D.C. (April 5-7)

“The University of Maine at Farmington is recognized as fulfilling a unique role and liberal arts mission in our University System,” Medd said in a news release. “In addition, the University has a longtime tradition of educating Maine’s future teachers — and that’s one of its most important roles.”

Medd said the search committee was thoughtful and focused in its approach to finding candidates who would complement the university’s well-established role and mission.

The candidates’ campus visits will give members of the UMF community a chance to meet the finalists and provide feedback to the search committee. Each of the finalists will meet with students, faculty, staff and others, including alumni and business leaders, in a series of meetings and public forums.

Following the visits, the search committee will review all feedback and present its impressions on each candidate to the University of Maine System chancellor. One candidate will be recommended to the full board of trustees for approval. The new president is expected to start work this summer.

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