University of Maine President Planning to Step Down 

The President of the University of Maine is planning to leave his post.Robert Kennedy says he’s entering a transition period that will last for the next 14-months, at the end of which he’ll leave that office. In September, the university will start a national search for his replacement.Kennedy has been at UMaine for ten years, nearly seven years as president. He plans to stay within the UMaine system, next taking on a four-year-appointment to work on statewide economic development and educational opportunities.He says he’s proud of what the university has accomplished in the past ten years, especially in such strained economic times.”The foreseeable future will continue to be challenging economically. And that’s why, for me, having the opportunity to focus on things of importance to economic development for the university, and the role that the university system can play in helping meet those challenges, is very exciting,” he says.Kennedy says he will stay busy in his role as president over the next year, with many projects and challenges still ahead.