AUGUSTA University of Maine System Chancellor Joseph W. Westphal has announced the appointment of Richard J. Randall as Interim President of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA).
Randall, who has been serving as Interim Associate Provost at UMA since February, replaces Charles M. Lyons, who is in the final year of his term as president and will begin a one-year sabbatical in July in order to prepare for his return to the classroom as a faculty member at the University of Southern Maine (USM).
We are very fortunate and grateful that Dick has agreed to serve as interim president of UMA, said Westphal. With more than 34 years of service to the University, he brings valuable leadership and insight to the position and will provide a seamless transition as UMA continues to serve the needs of the Kennebec Valley.
Randall, who spent 34 years at the University of Maine at Augusta prior to his retirement in 2001, first joined UMA in 1967 as Instructor and achieved the rank of full Professor with tenure. In addition to serving as a full-time faculty member at UMA, Randall served as Dean of Student and Educational Services and spent 13 years as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, in additional to serving as Acting President for several months. In 2004, he was named Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Human Services and granted an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He continued to teach on a part-time basis at UMA after his retirement in 2001.
Randall received a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Maine in 1966 and 1967, respectively. He and his wife, Mary Elisabeth, have three children.
UMA has a student enrollment of 5,538 students and offers bachelors and associate degree programs. With campuses in Augusta, Lewiston, and Bangor (University College of Bangor), UMAs mission focuses on providing students with professional and academic opportunities available through traditional classroom instruction as well as a variety of distance learning technologies available at 11 University College locations and more than 100 interactive television sites throughout Maine.