Press Release

UMS trustees approve leadership changes at USM

BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System trustees approved Theo Kalikow as the new president of the University of Southern Maine and appointed Selma Botman to head the System’s international student recruitment efforts at it’s meeting in Bangor on July 9.
In an announcement last week Chancellor James H. Page noted that Botman requested reassignment and proposed to him that new leadership might be the best direction for USM.  Page subsequently recommended Kalikow to the presidency and asked Botman to develop a strategic systemwide approach to recruitment of international students.
In other events at the meeting, trustees approved the chancellor’s recommendations on compensation policies which are designed to ensure appropriate oversight, equitable treatment of employees and prudent use of resources while allowing latitude for university presidents to manage the workforce without burdensome administrative requirements.
During the meeting, trustees:
• Reviewed and approved the University of Maine’s “Blue Sky Project,” a plan that sets a framework for innovative and entrepreneurial growth, and charts a course for fiscal sustainability for the university through 2017.
• Awarded Dr. Richard Cost the title president emeritus of University of Maine Fort Kent. Cost retired from UMFK in 2010.
• Authorized the chancellor to execute collective bargaining agreements with the Maine Part-time Faculty Association (AFT-Maine/AFL-CIO) and the Teamsters Local Union #340 Service and Maintenance Unit.
• Reviewed and approved a new mission statement for the University of Maine Machias. The update more accurately reflects the goals and purposes of UMM as a public environmental liberal arts university.
• Approved $542,000, approximately a six percent increase, in the budget for the Stewart Art/New Media Complex at the University of Maine in order to add specialized audio visual components to the classrooms and other technologies.  The increase is fully funded from campus and gift funds.
The trustees also received presentations and reports on progress made implementing the recommendations of the Employee Health Plan Task Force, an update on capital projects across the system, a financial update, and a review of energy and sustainability efforts at the universities.
The next meeting of UMS Trustees will be held Sept. 24 at the University of Maine System headquarters, 16 Central St., Bangor.

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