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Presidential race down to two

Sam Hill | The Free Press

Posted on March 02, 2015 in News
By Emma James

The USM presidential search committee provided Chancellor James Page with the names and assessments of two finalists: Glenn Cummings and Harvey Kesselman. The third candidate, Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, withdrew from the candidacy beforehand.

Sartarelli was unavailable to hold an interview at this point in time.

Cummings and Kesselman are the final two standing, from a pool of approximately 80 applicants – the largest group of applicants for a leadership position in the UMaine System in a number of years.

Both Cummings and Kesselman were given the opportunity for two-day campus visits at the university. During this time, each candidate was able to meet with students, staff and faculty, to answer questions and converse.

Based on these campus visits, as well as references and the application of each candidate in general, the committee shared their assessment of each with the Chancellor.

“I want to thank all of the community members who participated in the finalists’ campus visits,” said Jim Erwin, UMS Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee.  “By taking the time to listen, and ask questions, you were able to submit insightful and informative feedback to the committee.”

He added that all the candidates came away from the visits with great appreciation for the opportunity to learn so much about USM and to hear from so many faculty, staff, students and members of the community.

Chancellor Page is expected to make his decision in March, after which the vote will be put before the board of trustees. If all goes accordingly, the president will begin their duties and take office in July 2015.

According to Erwin, the candidates were not ranked, nor was a formal recommendation made to the Chancellor.

“The selection now rests with the Chancellor, subject to approval by the board of trustees,” said Erwin. “Chancellor Page expects to make a recommendation to the Board following completion of customary due diligence.”

Additional background information on the two finalists can be found on the presidential search committee’s web page.

 

 

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