The first woman has been selected to serve as president of the University of Maine in Orono.
UMaine’s System Chancellor James Page says he’s chosen Susan Hunter to serve a two-year appointment beginning in July.
Dr. Hunter has spent most of her career at UMaine.
Since September, she’s served on the chancellor’s cabinet as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for all seven system campuses.
Before that, she was Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for five years.
The Pennsylvania native is surely a familiar face around campus.
“Other than the last 10 months, I’ve spent my entire career at the University of Maine. I started as a adjunct instructor when I first moved to town, I became a faculty member and one job led to another so I think I come to it with certainly a deep knowledge of this campus, but over the years I’ve tried to amass experience off campus working with groups around the state because I think I bring to it a perspective of sort of a state wide perspective and I’ve sort of deliberately done that. Not because I thought I would be president, but because I thought it made me better at every other job I’ve had to understand the state of Maine. Since I’m not a Mainer I had to go out and build some street cred,” says Dr. Hunter.
Dr. Hunter says there will be no major change in the operating system at UMaine.
She will continue the strategic plan President Ferguson is implementing.
As for being the 1st woman president at UMaine, she says she’s honored, but wants to note that there are 5 other woman presidents in the UMaine system.
Trustees will meet June 25th for a formal vote.