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Kalikow to step down from presidency at USM and begin working at system-level

President Thedora Kalikow at a campus-wide meeting in March where where discussed the urban metropolitan university vision which is to be implemented at USM. Today it was announced that she will be stepping down from her presidency to take a role at the system-level.
Sam Hill | The Free Press
President Thedora Kalikow at a campus-wide meeting in March where where discussed the urban metropolitan university vision which is to be implemented at USM. Today it was announced that she will be stepping down from her presidency to take a role at the system-level.

Posted on July 08, 2014 in Uncategorized
By Sam Hill

Theodora Kalikow will be stepping down from her presidency at USM in ten days, according to a press release sent by Dan Demerit, the director of public affairs for the University of Maine System.

Kalikow will work throughout the remainder of her existing employment contract as an acting vice chancellor at the system-level and will be undertaking a system-wide ‘community engagement initiative’ through the June 30, 2015. She will also be working in the academic affairs portfolio in the system-level office.

“Community engagement is close to my heart,” said Kalikow in a brief statement emailed to USM faculty and staff. “I believe it will be the salvation of nationwide public higher education.”

President Kalikow will begin her duties on September 1, 2014 following a brief sabbatical.

“After much discussion, Theo and I have decided it is time for her to move into a new role in her final year of service to the University of Maine System,” said University of Maine System Chancellor James Page  in a prepared statement. “Theo took on a difficult job at USM at my urging and handled the assignment with determination and grace. Nevertheless we both recognize it is time for new leadership to address the university’s ongoing fiscal challenges, commence the implementation of the Metropolitan University Initiative, and best position USM for success under a new, permanent president.”

Kalikow came out of retirement to serve as USM’s president in 2012 after retiring from the University of Maine at Farmington.

“The University of Southern Maine is an institution in the midst of a difficult transition,” said President Kalikow in a prepared statement. “However, I know we all share a commitment to the value and future of USM. It has been a privilege to serve this university and its students, but I agree with Chancellor Page that it is time to bring new energy and a new perspective to the university.”

Page also announced that he would be continuing consultations with campus and community leaders on the selection of a new interim president to lead USM until a permanent president is found through a search committee that will begin this fall.This story will be updated.

  • Marc Daniels

    Are you asking a stupid question or what? You are one of the women and gender faculty who ask bad questions because you never ever do your own homeworkSo when a faculty member gets fired or laid off how many months do they continue to receive their USM salary. Guess?
    18 months. Have they ever told you this info. Bet not.
    Administrators only get 12 months. Hmmm

  • Curious Mainer

    who is the “we” who has heard this?

  • Marc Daniels

    Tommy Paine we have heard this from male students also and I am sorry to hear it happened to you. Thank you for sharing, takes courage to do so-it will help others to heal.

  • WeAreLegion

    I agree 100% with this statement regarding the women and gender studies “professors”. In fact, there is no limit to how low they will stoop to promote their leftist socialist agenda. Seen it first hand. I’ve personally witnessed several male students censored and punished for challenging them. They lie, act threatened, or cry misogyny whenever someone calls their BS.

  • Marc Daniels

    THE REAL NEWS!!! By law, they have to have them work out their contract.The $ wasted by the faculty senate and women and gender studies faculty has cost over $2 million dollars to keep replacing presidents the past 4 years. Time for them to grow up and stop the crap!
    Kalikow will do a great job, she is a big Girl who loves Maine and works for the benefit of students.

  • Why Hello

    Oh yes…

  • OhHello

    And the great saga continues…