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David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power CEO, named interim president

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday.
Sam Hill | The Free Press
David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday.

Posted on July 24, 2014 in News
By Sam Hill

Student leaders were invited to a private meeting with Flanagan before it was announced that he would be the new interim president.
Sam Hill | The Free Press
Student leaders were invited to a private meeting with Flanagan before it was announced that he would be the new interim president.
&quotThis is an exciting day for USM," said Chancellor James Page (left) an hour before David Flanagan (right) was announced president at a press conference.
Sam Hill | The Free Press
"This is an exciting day for USM," said Chancellor James Page (left) an hour before David Flanagan (right) was announced president at a press conference.
David Flanagan at the press conference, where he outlined his work as CEO of Central Maine Power Co. and explained what he would be working on to turn USM around.
Sam Hill | The Free Press
David Flanagan at the press conference, where he outlined his work as CEO of Central Maine Power Co. and explained what he would be working on to turn USM around.

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday announced officials yesterday.

“David Flanagan is one of Maine’s most trusted, experienced and accomplished business leaders and public servants,” said Chancellor James Page at a press conference Wednesday, outlining Flanagan’s work as a counsel both in state and national government and how he led a response to the 1998 ice storm in Maine.

Flanagan will be coming out of retirement to serve as USM’s president, like his predecessor Theodora Kalikow, who recently left USM to lead a ‘community engagement initiative’ at the system-level.

“This university has extraordinary assets – talented faculty, dedicated staff, serious students and the most desirable locations in the state,” said Flanagan. “Yet, something is seriously wrong here. USM is losing out. In enrollment, in revenue, in public support.”

According to Page, Flanagan will be tasked with strengthening USM’s ties with the community, moving the university toward implementing the Metropolitan University Model set forth by the administration and closing the expected $12.5 million gap between projected revenues and expenses in the next fiscal year.

“I have seen this phenomenon before — a competent, well-meaning organization built up over decades in a cocoon of monopoly conditions suddenly has to confront competition and changing conditions,” said Flanagan. “In USM’s case, the demographics have changed, competition has increased and state support has seriously declined. When you look at the statistics on enrollment, revenue, market share, and deficit spending, you know we have kicked the can down the road for far too long.”

“I was CEO of the largest public service company in Maine during some trying times – trying politically, commercially and financially,” he continued. “Reform, restructuring and repurposing is a hard, wrenching, sometimes personally painful job. But it is possible for even a large unwieldy organization like USM to come out of it stronger and better and more service-oriented than ever.”

Flanagan will receive an annual salary of $203,000 and will be in the position until a permanent president is found by a search committee, a process Page said could take a year to complete.

Before the press conference, Flanagan held a private meet and greet with selected student leaders including student government representatives, board of trustees representatives and chairs of various student organizations.

“I’m not some sort of tyrant who thinks I have a monopoly on good ideas,” said Flanagan, explaining that he has helped turned around companies by following some principles: Have respect for people, listen to the people who have frontline knowledge, and to look at companies that are doing well and trying to adapt their strategies if possible.

He stressed to students that, while balancing the budget would include cuts that he knew the university needs to grow as well and that he would be focusing on increasing revenue streams.

“I’m very excited about this and I’m excited to be working with you,” he told students. “I can’t wait to begin and I hope that together we can really turn this place around and make something terrific out of it.”

“The future I see for the University of Southern Maine is a bright one. It is with great appreciation and optimism that the Board of Trustees and I ask David Flanagan to light that way,” said Page at the press conference.

  • Gray Sun Light

    I just enrolled at USM and this is highly disturbing. “More corporatization of public education” is what this article should say. Privatize away. Education should be a public right. Not one mention of the political climate that favors wealth over the public interest. Why not just change USM to a private university? That’s basically what this “Metropolitan University Model” means as far as I can tell. A school is not a business and should not be run as a for profit. It should be run on tax dollars collected from business leaders like Mr. Flanagan because it should be understood that education is a public good. Instead this guy is collecting a fat check of tax-payer dollars to the tune of a fifth-of-a-million every year. If the guy really wanted to “serve” the university he would take a moderate salary and use the rest of the money to help USM.

  • Glen Broemer

    The Washington Post ran an article a while back re an ongoing argument between NYPD and the FBI… There isn’t any shortage of sting opportunities, given the unending string of lawbreaking in the intelligence community, including their vast corrupt network in Los Angeles and Ventura, stretching into many businesses here, and obviously involving some government employees. I defended a Tax Suit a while back by noting that the entertainment industry had stolen dozens of phrases and ideas from my copyrighted work–many poem titles and lines, and other creative expressions converted directly to film titles. The list of intellectual property violations numbers in the hundreds or thousands, including naming the following from my poems, without my consent or prior knowledge: Vantage Point (2007), Idiocracy (2006), The Aura (Spanish: El Aura) (2005), Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, Sky High (2005 film), The Perfect Score (2004); The Score, Wake of Death (2004), Torque (2004), You Wish! (2003), (2003), Big Fish ( 2003), The Ring (2002 ), I Am Sam (2001), The Sixth Sense(1999), Beowulf (2007), Gryphon (2007), Stomp the Yard (2007), Made of Honor (2008) Felon (2008), Box Elder (2008) and Fata Morgana (2007) Avatar (2008/2009) Daybreak (2008) Vantage Point (2008). All these words and titles come from Plaintiff’s copyrighted work Tribute Anthology (2007), unmarketed, meaning the information was actually taken directly from my computer or discs. I’ve filed several federal suits, one of which was in litigation for a decade before the community–through extensive battery and fraud–made false accusations and created new issues to prevent a just public condemnation of the community for eviscerating my rights over the course of decades. The worst liars, and the worst of these criminals–they are actually violating criminal codes daily–are on the right. A good thing to note when you’re dealing with the manipulative self-impressed chess player sociopaths in the right wing intelligentsia, never accept the explanation they give you, always go back a step or two in time, and dig a little deeper. They’re invariably lying.

    The FBI would be quite content to use a citizen as bait in FBI stings over the course of a lifetime. There isn’t any shortage of sting opportunities, given the unending string of lawbreaking in the intelligence community, including their vast corrupt network in Los Angeles and Ventura, stretching into many businesses here, and obviously involving some government employees.These parties are all violating RICO , careful lies they believe are legally protected, with an obvious motive to attack an informant. Examine my federal cases, Central District of California Case Numbers, 01-4340, 03-9097, 08-5515, , 10-5193, US Tax Court 12000-07L –though I think you want to view my US Tax Court Appeal to the 9th Circuit for a good account of the day to day assaults, over the course of years.

    The intelligence community has framed me and given fraudulent psych profiles to the judiciary over the course of decades 2) the entertainment industry knew it, and quietly reaped the benefits of my creativity, fraudulently sold by the government (something like restitution or illegally seized property), and in fact colluded with the federal government, RICO 3) government and industry have killed my pets and physically attacked me for a decade in an effort to slow my investigation, and to intimidate, RICO II violation 4) government inspectors and FBI–those who were not complicitous, anyway– have ruthlessly used me in stings against the community and industry, in many cases ensuring i would be harmed by putting me in harm’s way against known, repeat offenders–often, I believe, as their own retaliation against me, RICO III 5) all of the above have curtailed my other options and interfered with my relationships in an effort to further their own schemes 6) i’ve lost a vast amount of intellectual property. my closest relationships, including a few engagements, were destroyed by the manipulations of the above individuals. i haven’t been truly free a day in my entire adult life, either manipulation of my options or direct interference with my cognition, usually both..7) some in the judiciary knew, and some should have known, that the allegations against me were contrived and fraudulent, and some have participated in harming me 8) while there is little political support for prosecuting criminal actions that involve half of government, two presidents, Obama and to an extent Clinton, tried to do what is right, right a very corrupt situation. you don’t need to be a genius to figure the politics involved, the problems they’ve faced so doing.9) you probably won’t get a denial of any of this if you ask US Senators, and can in fact find letters of support from them as exhibits in my case filings. 10) yet the press has not covered this because? 11) the right has been physically attacking me or harming my pets in connection with every public criticism i’ve made. These parties are all engaged in RICO conduct, careful lies they believe are legally protected, with an obvious motive to attack an informant. Examine my federal cases, Central District of California Case Numbers, 01-4340, 03-9097, 08-5515, , 10-5193, US Tax Court 12000-07L –though I think you want to view my US Tax Court Appeal to the 9th Circuit for a good account of the day to day assaults, over the course of years. Those in government who support this sort of llegal persecution are invariably lying. Invariably–and that’s from someone who spent a decade documenting four decades of lies.

  • Anonymous

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