University of Southern Maine — President

The University of Southern Maine (USM) announces a national search for their next President and Academic Search is honored to assist in their efforts. USM's next President will be an inspiring leader who builds partnerships and collaborations with internal and external constituencies. An enthusiastic and effective communicator, USM's President will be an active listener and supporter of shared governance at USM and within the System. Focused on the evolution of USM's brand and competitiveness, the next President will ensure alignment of USM's programs and activities within the overarching mission, values, and ongoing strategic plans and initiatives of the University of Maine System.

USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region—from Portland's lively Old Port and growing employers, to Lewiston's vibrant arts district, to Gorham's friendly village center. The University of Southern Maine is known for its academic excellence, student focus, affordability, and outstanding career preparation with internships that take advantage of its location in the economic, cultural, and entertainment heart of northern New England. With just under 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service.

USM's President serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of USM, overseeing all aspects of operations within the approved mission of USM. The President reports directly to the Chancellor of the University of Maine System, Dannel Malloy, and implements the policies and procedures set forth by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. The President is charged with a set of traditional responsibilities enumerated by the Board of Trustees. A complete list of challenges, opportunities, and preferred qualifications of the next President can be found in the position profile located here –

Applications, nominations, and inquiries can be sent to by the preferred application date of February 21, 2022. Application materials should be submitted as PDF documents. When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee's full name, title, institution/employer, and email address. Senior consultants Katherine Haley and Ginny Horvath are supporting USM throughout this search and welcome confidential exploration conversations. They can be contacted through the email address linked to their names.

The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).