UMS Bulletins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2004
CONTACT: John Diamond 207-973-3224 or Rita Sullivan 207-973-3245

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM TRUSTEES TO MEET NOV. 14-15 IN LEWISTON

BANGOR - A proposed major fundraising campaign, expansion of facilities at Lewiston-Auburn College, approval of a new academic program, and the appointment of an interim president are among the agenda items to act on when the 16-member University of Maine System Board of Trustees meets Nov. 14-15 in Lewiston.

Specific action items include:

  • Approval of a request from the University of Southern Maine to undertake a $25 million major fundraising campaign, which would fund capital improvements, increase USM's endowment, and support the university's annual fund.
  • Approval of a plan for improving USM's Lewiston-Auburn College by renovating existing facilities at its Lewiston campus and by purchasing and renovating an adjacent property, which will be used for classroom, laboratory, and storage space.
  • Approval of a proposed Bachelor of Applied Science degree, to be offered by the University of Maine at Augusta. The degree, which would be offered statewide through traditional as well as distance learning modes, would enable students who have earned an associate of applied science (AAS) degree from a technical or community college to earn the additional 60 credit hours necessary to receive a bachelor's degree in a related academic field. The proposal is supported by Maine's Community College System.
  • Approval of the appointment of Cynthia E. Huggins as interim president of the University of Maine at Machias, effective January 1. Huggins, who currently serves as acting vice president for academic affairs, is an associate professor of English. She will succeed Sue A. Huseman, who was appointed interim president in August 2003, shortly after the death of UMM President John Joseph.

In addition, the Board will receive a progress report on the UMS Strategic Planning Initiative, which was approved at the Board's September meeting. The Board also will receive a preliminary briefing on a UMS initiative to develop a Center for Tourism Research and Outreach, or CenTRO. As envisioned, CenTRO would provide and coordinate academic programs and research related to Maine's tourism industry, which in 2001 generated over $344 million in State tax revenues and $2.5 billion in wages.

Established in 1968, the University of Maine System is the state's largest educational institution, with more than 34,000 students enrolled. It features seven universities - some with multiple campuses - located across the state, as well as 11 University College outreach centers and more than 100 interactive distance education sites. For more information, log onto www.maine.edu

All Board meetings are open to the public. Persons with disabilities, who need accommodations to attend, should call David Wilson, director of the University System Facilities Office, at 973-3335 (voice) or 973-3300 (TDD) or by email at dwilson@maine.edu

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EDITOR'S NOTE
The complete meeting agenda is available at http://www.maine.edu/magendas.shtml.