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MACHIAS - University of Maine System Chancellor Joseph W. Westphal today appointed Dr. Cynthia E. Huggins to serve a two-year term as president of the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Huggins has been serving as interim president since January.

“Dr. Huggins is well known, well respected, and well connected in Washington County,” Westphal stated. “The university and the region will benefit from her continuity as president as it works to build its enrollment and to further establish its special niche among Maine's public universities.”

Westphal explained that the University System had been undertaking a national search for a new UMM president to succeed Dr. John Joseph, UMM's president until his death in 2003. Following Joseph's death, former UMM Provost David Rosen and former System Vice Chancellor Sue Huseman preceded Huggins as interim president.

Westphal said the national search did not produce a suitable replacement for the UMM president. As a result, the search committee recommended to Westphal that Huggins, who had not been a candidate for the position, be asked to stay on as president.

Huggins' appointment will continue through June 30, 2007. Other details of the contract are being finalized, Westphal said.

Huggins previously served as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs at UMM. She came to UMM in 1997 as Associate Professor of English specializing in British and women's literature. A South Carolina native, Huggins did her undergraduate work in music at Furman University, and subsequently received master's and doctoral degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“I am deeply honored that I have been asked to continue to lead the University of Maine at Machias,” said Huggins. “There is a great sense of purpose here among faculty, staff, students, and the entire extended UMM community, and I look forward to continuing the progress we have made as we work to serve the needs of our students, Washington County, and the entire state of Maine.”

Located in Machias, UMM has a student enrollment of 1,191 students with a mission focusing on serving the needs of rural and coastal Maine. It participates in a newly established consortium involving UMM, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle.