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January 8, 2019

Maine Community College System announces change in leadership

Courtesy / Maine Community College System
Courtesy / Maine Community College System
David J. Daigler, left, will succeed Derek P. Langhauser as president of the Maine Community College System for an initial two-year term, it was announced Monday. Langhauser will leave to serve as chief legal counsel to Gov. Janet Mills.

About the Maine Community College System

The Maine Community College System consists of seven community colleges from York to Presque Isle, as well as off-campus locations, charging an average of about $3,700 in annual tuition and fees or $94 a credit hour. The comprehensive two-year college system offers technical, career and transfer programs, customized training and lifelong learning, More than 16,600 students were enrolled in credit courses in fall 2018, according to an online factsheet.

The Maine Community College System announced a change in leadership Monday after its president, Derek P. Langhauser, was tapped to serve as chief legal counsel to Gov. Janet Mills.

Langhauser, who is stepping down after four years in the position and 24 years with the Maine Community College System, is due to conclude his service on Jan. 21. David J. Daigler, the system's vice president and chief financial officer who has been with the system for more than 19 years, will succeed him as president for an initial two-year term.

During his presidency, Langhauser undertook ambitious efforts to boost student access, strengthen and expand academic programs and develop new an innovative workforce training programs. And in terms of financing, the system received increases in state appropriations and a bond from a referendum, while the Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges raised $15 million in private funds.

Before serving as MCCS president, Langhauser was the system's general counsel for 20 years, where his work centered on disability accommodations, free speech, due process, contract review, safety procedures, regulatory compliance and non-discrimination.

"Derek has been a true joy to work with these past four years, and the Maine Community College System Board of Trustee and I are very sad to see him go," said Board of Trustees chair Jean Ginn Marvin in a statement. "However, the law is his passion, and he has an amazing opportunity that will serve him and the people of the State of Maine very well."

Langhauser added: "The excellent reputation of the community colleges is very well deserved. Value, efficiency, relevance and responsiveness: we are the best investment of its kind in Maine. I am extremely proud to have long been a part of this important institution and its important work."

As chief financial officer, Daigler has overseen finances and operations for the seven-college system for the past 15 years. A graduate of John Carroll University, he holds a Master of Science in finance from Boston College. The 60-year-old resides in Portland.

In a separate announcement, Gov. Mills said she had selected Langhauser as her chief legal counsel and Linda Pistner, Maine's chief deputy attorney general, as deputy legal counsel.

She praised both for dedicating their careers to serving the people of Maine, adding: "Their wealth of experience, and their deep respect for the Constitution and the rule of law will be a tremendous asset to the people of Maine in the coming years."

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