University of Southern Maine Names Flanagan as New President

Jul 23, 2014

David Flanagan, who has been tapped to head the University of Southern Maine.
David Flanagan, who has been tapped to head the University of Southern Maine.
Credit Courtesy: University of Maine System

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ University of Southern Maine officials say former Central Maine Power chief David Flanagan will lead the state's second-largest university as its new president.
 
    University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced Flanagan's appointment on Wednesday. Flanagan will take over for former interim president Theodora Kalikow, who stepped down July 18 to become acting vice chancellor of the seven-school system through the end of her contract next year.
 
    The university is struggling with declining enrollment and flat state funding. Flanagan says in a statement that the university's "business model is obsolete'' and USM must transform itself to remain valuable to the state of Maine.
 
    Flanagan is a former chair of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. He is also a former assistant Maine attorney general.