University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman volunteered to step down as president two months after over half the faculty voted no confidence in Botman in a faculty-wide vote.
System Chancellor James Page has recommended Theodora Kalikow, the recently-retired president of the University of Maine at Farmington, to replace Botman.
“President Botman proposed to me that new leadership might be the best direction to go in and, in a characteristically selfless move, she requested reassignment,” Page said in a statement Thursday. “I agree with her appraisal of the situation, appreciate her dedication to USM, and support her request.
The board of trustees will vote on the appointment at their next meeting on Monday, and Kalikow will begin the following day if approved.
Page said in the statement that Botman will take a position where she’ll expand the system’s international education programs.