AUGUSTA, ME - APRIL 8: University of Maine at Augusta President Rebecca Wyke confers Monday April 8, 2019 with colleagues at the Augusta campus. Wyke was appointed President of the school by the University's board. KJ photo by Andy Molloy

Wyke to continue as president of University of Maine at Augusta

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University of Maine at Augusta President Rebecca Wyke was reappointed to the position Monday.

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page, making his final visit to the UMA campus before his retirement, announced the system Board of Trustee’s decision to re-appoint Wyke to the post Monday at an open campus forum in the Fireside Lounge on the Augusta campus. She was given a two-year rolling appointment.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees waived a search for a new president and supported the direct appointment of Wyke, based on recommendations from Page and other groups. Page said in a release Monday his recommendation was spurred by “strong expressions of support for President Wyke’s leadership from campus and community stakeholders.”

“There was resounding commitment for strengthening UMA’s mission and well-deserved support for Becky’s leadership,” said Page in a statement. “Under President Wyke’s leadership, UMA is opening up more opportunities for the students and communities we serve.”

Page told the Kennebec Journal Wyke’s direct appointment is only the second time a search has been waived in University system history.

“You always want to make sure you have the opportunity to look for the very best leadership,” Page said of the search. “When we make an exception, … it’s because the trustees have a very strong sense … that we do have a good direction … and we have the right leader presently in hand.”
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