AUGUSTA, Maine — The associate vice president and dean at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y., is the new president of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

Ronald Cantor’s appointment was announced Wednesday by Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons. The trustees unanimously endorsed Cantor’s appointment.

Cantor holds a doctorate from Syracuse University, a master’s in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Cantor has nearly three decades of experience in higher education administration. In his current position, he oversees the administration, academics and student affairs at Mohawk community college. Previously he served as an associate dean at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y.

He will succeed James Ortiz, who will retire at the end of July.