UMFK announces commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient

FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce that former interim UMFK President and Provost Dr. Tex Boggs will be the keynote speaker for the 140th commencement ceremony held on May 7.  

 “We are thrilled to have Dr. Boggs speak at our celebration,” said UMFK President and Provost Dr. Deb Hedeen. “His insight, as well as civic contributions, will be poignant for our students.”

Dr. Boggs joined the University of Maine at Fort Kent on July 1, 2018, as an interim provost. After the retirement of Dr. Short in 2019, Dr. Boggs was asked to stay on as the president & provost of UMFK by the previous University of Maine System Chancellor Dr. James Page until July 2020.

Dr. Boggs has more than 25 years of presidential experience. He led Western Wyoming Community College for 20 years as well as five years at Antioch University in California. Prior to those roles he was a Wyoming state senator for eight years.

“Dr. Boggs served UMFK with a tireless work ethic and a thoughtful approach to leadership which truly led by example,” said UMFK’s Chief Business Officer Pam Ashby, CPA. “He provided consistent and steady guidance throughout the planning stages of the Enrollment and Advancement Center.”

Since Dr. Boggs left UMFK, he has been enjoying time with family and the beautiful weather of California. He is currently undergoing the rigorous application process to become a member of the Orange County Civil Grand Jury.

“For his many contributions to campus in such a short amount of time, we are awarding Dr. Boggs an honorary degree from the University of Maine System,” said President Hedeen.

For more information about UMFK’s commencement, go to or call 207-834-7500.

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