Latest University of Maine News

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...

University of Maine trustees consider Malloy's fate

May. 22, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The fate of University of Maine Chancellor Dannel Malloy is on the agenda as trustees meet over the next two days in Portland. Malloy was hired in Maine three years ago after serving two terms as governor of Connecticut. His contract, which includes a...

3rd faculty senate rebukes UMS Chancellor Malloy

May. 19, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Faculty on a third University of Maine System campus gave a vote of no confidence to Chancellor Dannel Malloy. The faculty senate at the University of Maine at Farmington delivered the rebuke Wednesday after the elimination of nine staff positions amid...