After four years on the job, University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman will step down to take a position aimed at encouraging international students to attend Maine universities.
In the last year, the USM president has faced criticism for awarding nearly $1 million in discretionary raises and a vote of no-confidence from the university's faculty that failed to meet the two-thirds margin which would have forced further action.
Botman will take a position at the UMaine system level as special assistant to the chancellor, which will also involve promoting the system's international education program, according to a release from the university. She will earn the same $203,000 salary she made as USM president.
Newly-appointed UMS chancellor James Page told the Portland Press Herald that the salary will be paid by leaving some positions vacant. Botman's likely replacement will be Theodora Kalikow, who retired as president of the University of Maine at Farmington on June 30.