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Pennsylvania college leader to lead USM as new president

The head of a campus in the Pennsylvania State University System will become the next president of the University of Southern Maine.

Jacqueline Edmondson will become the 18th president of the second-largest institution in the University of Maine system on July 1, replacing Glenn Cummings. The University of Southern Maine has campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston and enrolls more than 6,000 students.

Edmondson joins the university after leading Penn State Greater Allegheny, a regional campus of Pennsylvania State University, since 2017. The University of Maine system announced his appointment Monday.

Edmondson is the third new leader of a campus in the University of Maine system to be announced this spring. His appointment also follows two votes of no confidence in Edmondson’s new boss, system chancellor Dannel Malloy, by which faculty opposed the appointment of these two new campus leaders.

In addition to Edmondson, new university leaders who will be in attendance for the upcoming academic year are Michael Laliberte of the University of Maine at Augusta and Joseph McDonnell of the University of Maine at Farmington, who will serve as interim president of that campus. .

Faculty senates at UMA and USM have issued votes of no confidence in Malloy’s leadership since news reports revealed that faculty and students at Laliberte’s current institution, State University from New York to Delhi, had cast votes of no confidence in his leadership in the past. year.

Malloy and the chairman of the search process for the new WBU president knew about it but never told the rest of the search committee, which both have since said they regret.

At USM, the faculty senate opposed the process leading to Laliberte’s appointment, but also opposed McDonnell’s appointment to Farmington without a search process and recent faculty layoffs over it. campus.

Despite these objections, USM faculty are happy with how the research has gone at their institution, said Lydia Savage, president of the USM faculty union chapter and professor of geography.

“We are sad to lose Glenn Cummings but I am delighted to welcome our new chairman,” Savage said. ”

While at Penn State, Edmondson launched eight new degree programs in response to regional workforce and student needs similar to popular programs at USM, according to the University of Maine system.

Edmondson earned her undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees at Penn State, where she was a first-generation student.

“USM is a wonderful institution that is well positioned for an even greater future,” said Edmondson.

Malloy described Edmonson as a dynamic education leader.

“I am confident that, as our Search Committee quickly realized, USM and the wider community will soon know that it has the unique qualifications and characteristics to build on the progress made under President Cummings. to make USM an essential educational, economic and cultural asset. to even greater heights in its service to our students, to the system, and to the state,” Malloy said.