The University of Maine System board of trustees yesterday approved the appointment of Theo Kalikow as the new president of the University of Southern Maine. Kalikow replaces Selma Botman, whose appointment as special assistant to the chancellor on global education was also approved at the trustees' daylong meeting in Bangor.
Kalikow, who retired as president of the University of Maine at Farmington on June 30, will make the same $203,000 salary as Botman, whose term as USM president was set to expire on June 30, 2013. Botman recently announced her resignation to take on the new assignment to expand international education programs in the university system, following a no-confidence vote by USM faculty in early May that fell short of the two-thirds threshold.
Trustees reviewed and approved a five-year plan for the UMaine system's flagship campus in Orono. As noted in the executive summary provided by the chancellor's office, the plan calls for the university to review and revise "its fiscal model and organizational structure," invest or reinvest in "key areas of distinction," meet "new and emerging needs," grow "a UMaine culture of excellence" and do a better job of communicating with its constituencies as well as "ensuring accountability to achieve our desired outcomes."
The Bangor Daily News reports that trustees also will be updated on: collective bargaining talks with five bargaining units whose contracts expire this summer; the reinstatement of the bachelor of arts in theater program at UMaine; energy use and sustainability within the system; the status of capital projects and building upgrades within the system.