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USM president hired after Botman pushed out to stay on until 2015

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
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Theo Kalikow speaks with the press in Portland Tuesday July 10, 2012, her first day as the new president of the University of Southern Maine.
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Theo Kalikow will serve as the University of Southern Maine’s president until the summer of 2015, the University of Maine System announced Tuesday in a news release.

Kalikow’s original two-year appointment was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2014, but University of Maine System Chancellor James Page extended it for another year.

“President Kalikow’s extension to June 2015 will provide the time needed to ensure that USM’s goals are articulated clearly and are fully integrated before we take the step of launching a nationwide search for our next president,” Page said.

Kalikow retired from the presidency at the University of Maine at Farmington on June 30 after 18 years, but system trustees approved her appointment as USM president less than a month later.

She stepped in for Selma Botman, who announced her resignation from the position last summer to take a job in the chancellor’s office leading the system’s international recruitment efforts.

In the spring, Botman was the subject of a faculty-wide “no-confidence” vote. Although 194 of the 282 faculty members who took part cast ballots of “no confidence,” because only about 75 percent of the overall faculty voted, it fell short of the two-thirds margin necessary to officially represent “the will of the faculty.”

“This university is one of the region’s most valuable resources, and working with our faculty, staff and off-campus partners, I intend to make it even more so,” Kalikow, a Swampscott, Mass. native, said.

“Maine’s demographic and economic challenges make this a crucial time of change in our state’s higher education system,” Page wrote. “President Kalikow has the right mix of skills and experiences to engage the campus in the work of ensuring that USM is positioned to serve as a cultural anchor for the region.”

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