The University of Maine has announced the selection of a new President to lead both the state's flagship school, UMaine, as well as the University of Maine at Machias, which is now considered to be a "regional campus" of UMaine.

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be the 21st president of the University of Maine and the president of the University of Maine at Machias, announced University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page on April 10.

A New England native, Ferrini-Mundy was chosen from a pool of more than 60 candidates, and among four finalists who were brought to campus this year to get a feel for the University. She previously served at the National Science Foundation for nearly a decade, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the $7.8 billion agency that worked with 2,000 institutions last year to support the investigation and discovery of 359,000 researchers, teachers, and students.

Ferrini-Mundy will start in July.