Rice Named Interim Head of UMPI; Antioch Presidents Let Go as System “Deeply” Consolidates


Comings and Goings …

University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) Provost Raymond J. Rice was appointed interim president of UMPI, where he will remain as provost. The appointment follows the announcement that outgoing President Linda Schott was chosen to lead Southern Oregon University.

New Hampshire’s Keene Sentinel newspaper reported that the Antioch University system “terminated the respective boards of trustees—and apparently also the presidents—at its five campuses nationwide, including here in Keene.” The newspaper said Antioch University New England President Stephen B. Jones wrote on his LinkedIn page that on June 27 “the Antioch University system announced that it is deeply consolidating operations and eliminating all five campus presidents, their administrative assistants, the vice presidents for academic affairs, and the campus Boards of Trustees.”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy selected Connecticut Science Center CEO Matt Fleury, who currently serves as a member on the Board of Regents for Higher Education, to serve as the board’s next chair, succeeding Nicholas M. Donofrio.

Wheaton College appointed Simmons College Dean of the College of Art Sciences Renée T. White, a scholar on race, gender and social inequality, to be Wheaton provost.

Montana State University Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Martha Potvin became provost and vice president for academic affairs at Springfield College.

Robert Neely, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Texas Woman’s University, was appointed vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Maine System.

Kenneth Coville, the former superintendent of Maine’s Regional School Unit 74, was named president of Good Will-Hinckley, where the earlier appointment of Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, set off a firestorm when Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, threatened to cut the Fairfield-based charitable organization’s funding.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting appointed award-winning journalist and new media executive Joshua F. Moore to be its new executive editor. He succeeds John Beaudoin, who resigned in March, but will stay on the center’s board.


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