University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced Wednesday that Dr. Raymond J. Rice has been appointed interim president and will remain as provost of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. 

The appointment comes shortly after Chancellor Page visited Presque Isle to discuss university leadership with campus and community members following the announcement that out-going UMPI President Linda Schott was chosen to lead Southern Oregon University.

Dr. Rice, a professor of English, has been a member of the University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty for nineteen years. His leadership roles on campus have included serving as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences.  In 2014 Dr. Rice began serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.


To better prepare Maine high school graduates, state law mandates that secondary schools must begin issuing proficiency-based high school diplomas. Identifying a strategic opportunity to serve incoming students and Maine’s public schools, the University of Maine at Presque is becoming a state and nationally recognized leader in proficiency-based education. As UMPI’s academic leader, Dr. Rice has directed the campus pedagogical, curricular, and assessment transition.

The New England Board of Higher Education recognized UMPI’s achievements in proficiency-based education with its 2016 Maine State Merit Award.

Dr. Rice has also overseen the expansion of early college offerings at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone and area secondary schools and has worked closely with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges on reaccreditation for UMPI  In addition, Dr. Rice has been a key contributor to the One University Initiative, co-chairing the committee that established a General Education Transfer agreement among Maine’s public universities and Maine’s Community Colleges.

As UMPI President, Dr. Rice will serve on the Maine Public University System leadership team as a member of Presidents Council.


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