University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced Friday that he and the Board of Trustees have extended the appointment of Dr. Raymond J. Rice as Interim President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle through June 30, 2018.


The extension will allow President Rice, in addition to his continuing duties as campus Provost, to ensure continuity and continued progress with the University’s strategic vision and direction.

Chancellor Page said, “The University of Maine at Presque Isle under President Rice’s leadership is setting a strong example of how an unrelenting focus on student success and service make Maine’s public universities the state’s best and most responsive partner in shaping our shared future. We have accomplished much but aspire for even more.  The Board and I have every confidence that the University of Maine at Presque Isle will continue to be a vital partner in our shared success.”

Sam Collins, Chair of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.  “Dr. Rice has played an instrumental role in initiatives like the expansion of early college programming in area high schools and professional development partnerships with employers like MMG Insurance that are of great value to Aroostook County."

President Rice took on the interim presidency in July, following the announcement that out-going UMPI President Linda Schott was chosen to lead Southern Oregon University.  A member of the University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty for 19 years, his leadership roles on campus have included serving as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences, and, since 2014, as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

President Rice said. “I will continue to work with our colleagues in Presque Isle and across the state to move our campus forward and best serve the people of Maine.”