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BANGOR - Charles L. Johnson III, of Hallowell, chair of the University System's Board of Trustees, has announced the membership of the search committee that will review and recommend candidates for the presidency of the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI). The University is currently led by acting president William A. Shields, who was appointed to the post in August 2004 following the resignation of Nancy Hensel to serve as Executive Director of the Council for Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C.

“The University of Maine at Presque Isle is a vital educational, cultural, and economic resource for the Northern Maine community and the entire state,” said Johnson. “We seek a president who will continue the work of President Shields and President Hensel in strengthening those roles, and who will lead the University to greater heights.”

The search committee is chaired by Barry D. McCrum, a member of the Board of Trustees and a Mars Hill business owner. He will be joined on the committee by fellow trustees Gregory G. Cyr of Portage and Victoria M. Murphy of Portland; faculty members Leo-Paul Cyr, Mustafa Saatci, and Lucy Stroble; Richard Kimball, UMPI Vice President for Academic Affairs; UMPI staff members Erin Benson and Phil Parks; UMPI student Zachary Smith; G. Melvin Hovey of the UMPI Board of Visitors; and UMPI alumna Roberta Griffiths. The committee is being assisted by James Ferrare, a consultant from the Academic Search Consultation Service.

UMPI, which currently enrolls 1,652 students, offers bachelor's degree programs as well as a small number of associate degree programs. The University's mission serves the special needs of Aroostook County, focusing on a curriculum that integrates adventurous learning with the natural and cultural elements of Northern Maine. It participates in the Maine State Consortium, a newly established collaborative involving UMPI, the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), and the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK).

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