Latest University of Maine News

UMaine AD is headed to Division III Southwestern University

Aug. 08, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — University of Maine athletics director Ken Ralph is departing to serve at a Division III college in Texas. Ralph, who came do NCAA Division 1 Maine from Colorado College, will wrap up his duties at month’s end before reporting for duty at Southwestern...

UMS renews chancellor Malloy's contract despite criticism

Jul. 11, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System chancellor who came under criticism for his handling of staffing and restructuring will keep his job for another year. Trustees voted unanimously Monday to extend the contract for Chancellor Dannel Malloy despite recent votes of...

Black fly season lengthens with climate change, clean water

Jun. 27, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's season for black flies appears to be taking up more of the year due to factors including cleaner water and climate change. Black flies are small insects, some of which feed on human blood and bedevil outdoor adventure seekers in the state. Jim Dill, a...

UMaine System gives chancellor short-term extension

Jun. 17, 2022 01:46 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's public university system extended the contract of its chancellor into the summer, but has yet to make a decision about his long-term future. Chancellor Dannel Malloy has received votes of no confidence from faculty at three of the system's campuses....

Conference about Maine, NH beaches back after 3-year hiatus

Jun. 07, 2022 01:47 AM EDT

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — A conference about the health of the Maine and New Hampshire coasts is coming back after a three-year hiatus. The 13th biennial Beaches Conference is scheduled to take place on June 10 at Berwick Academy in Maine. The conference is intended to bring...

UMS chief legal officer resigns, citing stress, amid turmoil

Jun. 03, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System's chief legal officer cited stress as a reason for resigning this week following turmoil over a presidential job search that led to faculty votes of no confidence in the chancellor. Jim Thelen, who served as vice chancellor for...

University president who bowed out to get $235K on July 1

May. 28, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A settlement approved for the University of Maine at Augusta president who bowed out amid controversy ensures he will be paid at least $235,000 in the first year. Michael Laliberte will receive an additional $30,000 for a housing allowance on top of his...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 27, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Bangor Daily News. May 26, 2022. Editorial: An avoidable mistake will cost the University of Maine System, in terms of money and credibility It’s human nature not to want to share bad news. However, it should also be well understood that bad news can’t be hidden...

UMaine faculty, students want consequences for chancellor

May. 24, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

AGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Many faculty members and students say the resignation of an incoming administrator isn't enough to satisfy concerns about the leadership of the University of Maine System. Faculty at University of Maine at Augusta and two other public universities previously...

Maine university president withdraws after hiring complaints

May. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The incoming president of a public university in Maine has voluntarily withdrawn from his position amid complaints from faculty members about his hiring. Michael Laliberte was set to start as president of University of Maine at Augusta on Aug. 1. He was the...