UMFK presidential search update

To the editor:

I am pleased to update the Fort Kent community on the progress of the presidential search and announce upcoming campus visits for selected finalists. Since the search was authorized by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees (UMS BOT) at their meeting in Fort Kent on Sept. 16, 2019, we have made great strides in recruiting a strong pool of candidates to serve as the next president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

While the committee’s work to date has been out of the spotlight and confidential, our search committee and consultants have worked diligently to recruit and begin assessing candidates for the combined role of president and provost of the university.  We are now moving to the public phase of the search where finalists will be announced, biographies and/or CVs of the finalists posted on the university website and candidates will visit campus.  

The scheduled campus visit dates for the four highly qualified finalist candidates are:  Tuesday, Feb. 11; Thursday, Feb. 13; Wednesday, Feb. 19; and Tuesday, Feb. 25. There will be a public campus and community forum on each of these days from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Nadeau Teleconference Room.  

Please take advantage of the opportunity to attend the open forum for each candidate as it will be beneficial to show the finalists that the extended Fort Kent and Valley community is highly interested in the selection of the president and to extend a warm welcome.  

Individual candidate information and links to individual candidate feedback surveys are available on the Presidential Search page of the University of Maine at Fort Kent website at  The chancellor and search committee welcome your input.

Shortly after the conclusion of the campus visits, the committee and the chancellor will review all of the campus visit feedback and the committee will provide their final summary of the finalists’ qualities to the chancellor.  The chancellor will then conduct further due diligence and make a selection and recommendation to the Board of Trustees in March.

It has been a pleasure to work with the members of the search committee and our very successful and experienced search firm.  Serving on a presidential search committee is a time-consuming and demanding assignment. All members of the committee have conscientiously and enthusiastically embraced the work.   Together we have been able to assess many aspects of the candidates’ experiences and potential. We are optimistic that we have an outstanding group of finalists to introduce to the community and anticipate a very successful search outcome.  

Thank you for your continued interest and support for the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Kelly Martin, Trustee

Chair, UMFK Presidential Search Committee

Fort Kent

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