Former USM president who received ‘no-confidence’ vote named to post at Yeshiva University in New York

Posted Feb. 25, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 25, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Selma Botman, the former president of the University of Southern Maine who left that position after a faculty wide “no-confidence” vote in 2012, has been named the next vice president of academic affairs and provost at Yeshiva University in New York City.

Botman resigned from her position as USM president in 2012, though she still had a year left on her contract. She was given a position as special assistant to the chancellor on global education for the final year of her contract. During that time she produced a 39-page, five-year plan for recruiting international students to the University of Maine System.

The vote of no confidence came in the spring of 2012, after a group of senior faculty circulated a petition calling for the referendum. More than 68 percent of the faculty who voted indicated “no confidence” in their president, according to the USM Free Press, though only 75 percent of the faculty participated in the vote.

“Attracting a higher education professional with the experience, the humanity, and the academic probity of Selma Botman is an achievement that reflects Yeshiva University’s stature as one of the nation’s leading universities,” said Yeshiva University president Richard Joel in a statement dated Jan. 30.

Botman was selected in a nationwide search led by a 10-member search advisory committee, according to the statement. She begins her new job July 1.

Yeshiva University is a Jewish university located in New York City.