Second UMaine President Finalist Visits Orono

Updated 3 years ago

One of the four men who could become the next University of Maine president is taking a tour of the place.Donald Farish is currently president of Rowan University in New Jersey.He’s visiting the Orono campus Thursday and Friday to meet with students, staff and University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude.Umaine President Robert Kennedy is stepping down in June. Farish, who’s worked on both coasts and in the Midwest, says he wants to do more than just come to Orono and keep the lights on.”I’m interested in Maine because it has ambition for itself and I like that. And I think that we’re at a very challenging time in history of public higher education. yesterday’s answer won’t be tomorrow’s answer. We have to think about how we respond to the changing needs and expectations and abilities of the public to support us as they have in the past, which are now more limited.”Farish is the second finalist to come to Umaine.James Page, CEO of James W. Sewall Company in Old Town visited last month.The two other candidates, Daniel Julius and Paul Ferguson, will come later this month. Julius is a vice president at the University of Alaska System of Higher Education and Ferguson is a vice president at Southern Illinois University.


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