University of Maine System chancellor to hear faculty’s concerns in Portland

Dr. James H. Page, University of Maine System chancellor, speaks at a press conference at the University of Southern Maine in Portland in February 2012.
Dr. James H. Page, University of Maine System chancellor, speaks at a press conference at the University of Southern Maine in Portland in February 2012. Buy Photo
Posted May 10, 2012, at 5:26 a.m.
Selma Botman
Selma Botman

PORTLAND, Maine — The head of Maine’s university system is meeting with faculty and staff at the University of Southern Maine to listen to their concerns.

Chancellor James Page will be at the university Thursday and Friday, a week after a no-confidence vote in university President Selma Botman fell short.

Faculty voted 194-80 in favor of the no-confidence motion, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority of the 377 faculty members needed to pass. Organizers say faculty are unhappy with Botman’s leadership and the direction of the university, which has campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston.

Page is holding an open forum Thursday with faculty and staff to listen to their concerns. He will also meet with Botman one-on-one and with other constituencies and students during his two-day visit.

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