Back to school season is a critical time for the University of Southern Maine’s faculty, staff and new president, as they work hard to implement new visions and create a new image from a past that was riddled with challenges and bad press.
From declining enrollment, to the firing of 119 faculty and staff to make up for a $16 million budget deficit, to a placement on an academic censure list, USM certainly has hit some rough spots. Dr. Harvey Kesselman, who was supposed to be USM’s new president back in July, declined the position to stay as acting president at Stockton University in New Jersey. USM officials appointed their second choice, Dr. Glenn Cummings, the former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, as the new president of the institution and he’s convinced that he can turn things around.
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