July 16, 2018
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UMaine System chancellor recommends Colo. dean for UMPI presidency

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — University of Maine System Chancellor James Page has backed Linda K. Schott of Durango, Colo., as the next president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Page’s recommendation will go before the University of Maine System board of trustees, which is expected to decide on an appointment by the end of the month, according to a UMS press release.

“Dr. Schott’s combination of experience in leading change and community engagement make her an excellent choice to lead the University of Maine at Presque Isle,” Page said. “She fully understands the university’s mission and will be a valued member of the system’s change team as we move forward in shaping the future of the University of Maine System.”

If appointed, Schott would begin work at UMPI on July 1 with an annual salary of $160,000.

Schott has served as the dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., since 2008. She also has worked at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She has bachelor’s degrees in history and German from Baylor University as well as a master’s degree in history and a doctorate in history and humanities from Stanford University, according to the press release.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been selected as the next president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle,” Schott said. “My husband and I felt an immediate connection with the people on the campus and in the community, and we look forward to nurturing that connection into excellent working relationships and enduring friendships.”

Schott would take the place of Donald Zillman, who has served as UMPI’s president since 2006. Zillman announced last year that he would step down as president to return to his position as a tenured law professor at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.

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