||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2005
CONTACT: Rita Sullivan 207-973-3245
WESTPHAL APPOINTS FORMER UMA PROVOST
RICHARD RANDALL AS INTERIM ASSOCIATE PROVOST
AUGUSTA - University of Maine System Chancellor Joseph W. Westphal has announced the appointment of Richard J. Randall as Interim Associate Provost of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). Randall, who spent 34 years at UMA prior to his retirement in 2001, will assume the post immediately. He will be assisting the University while UMA Executive Vice President and Provost Joshua Nadel undergoes treatment for a neck injury sustained during a January fall.
Dick Randall was a valuable and respected leader during his 34-year tenure at the University of Maine at Augusta and will be a great asset to the University as Interim Associate Provost during Vice President Nadel's absence, said Chancellor Westphal. We are extremely grateful that he has accepted this position, and we appreciate his continued commitment to UMA and his willingness to make higher education in Maine a personal and professional priority.
Randall joined the University of Maine at Augusta 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 has 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 has continued to teach on a part-time basis at UMA since his retirement in 2001.
Established in 1968, the University of Maine System is the state's largest educational entity, with more than 34,300 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.