Maine Community College System trustees say Derek Langhauser will permanently take over as president. 

Langhauser has been serving as interim president since longtime President John Fitzsimmons resigned in January 2015 under pressure from Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Trustees met in Augusta on Tuesday to cast the vote.

Derek Langhauser/MCCS

Last summer, trustees announced that they only received 10 applicants, and they reopened the search.

The Maine Community College System met in executive session two weeks ago to discuss the presidential search.

Langhauser has served as a senior member of the MCCS leadership team for over 20 years, becoming General Counsel of the seven-college system in 1994.

He has served as president of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, as an advisor to the Ford Foundation Initiative on Academic Freedom, and as chair of The Journal of College and University Law Board of Editors (The University of Notre Dame).

Langhauser is a 1984 graduate of Bates College and received his JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1987. He is a member of both the Council and Executive Committee of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.

He lives in Cumberland Foreside with his wife and daughter.

The Maine Community College system has campuses in Presque Isle, Bangor, Calais, Auburn, South Portland/Brunswick, Fairfield/Hinkley and Wells.