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.
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A group of senior members of the University of Southern Maine faculty gathered 53 signatures — roughly 15 percent of faculty at USM — from full, tenured faculty over the last week and a half, triggering a faculty-wide referendum for a no-confidence vote in USM President Selma Botman. The petition was drawn up three or four weeks [...]
I am a student and, of my own accord, I am sending this message to speak out in support of our president, Selma Botman. As a student leader, I have spent a lot of time with President Botman — having conversations about what students want and need and making USM a better place together. She has been incredibly receptive and student-centered, and I couldn’t imagine working with a better president to improve our home.
Faculty Senate Chair Jeannine Diddle Uzzi dropped the petition off at Botman’s office this afternoon after being presented with it by Jerry Lasala, professor of physics. “We’ve come to the conclusion that this is a chronic and apparently unchangeable solution,” Lasala said.
The University of Southern Maine took back two controversial pay increases to top administrators following backlash from the USM community member as well as members of the public.