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May 13, 2022

Eastern Maine Community College president appointed from within

The newly appointed president of Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor has held multiple senior leadership positions since joining the college in 1994.

Maine Community College System President David Daigler announced Thursday that Liz Russell has been appointed president of EMMC, effective June 1.

Russell was selected from a field of more than 45 candidates following a national search. She is currently the college’s vice president of academic affairs.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with faculty and staff to create a shared vision that supports students in reaching their educational and career goals and provides business and industry with the workforce they need to thrive in our region,” Russell said in a news release.

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Courtesy / Eastern Maine Community College
Liz Russell

Russell is a graduate of the Bangor Regional Leadership Academy and the National Education Emerging Leader Academy. She has also participated on New England Commission of Higher Education accreditation visiting teams.

At EMCC, Russell has served as vice president of academic affairs, dean of student affairs, dean of student success, associate dean of enrollment management and director of admissions.

“She’s the right leader at the right time for EMCC,” Daigler said. “Her strong ties to the EMCC family will be particularly valuable as the college expands its nursing program, institutes free college for recent high school graduates, and deepens its ties to community partners in multiple academic and workforce program areas.”

The MCCS Board of Trustees unanimously supported the appointment.

Russell is pursuing an education doctorate in community college leadership through Walden University. She has a Master of Science degree in business and a Bachelor of Science in business teacher education from Husson University.

Russell has held numerous positions with professional organizations over the years, served on accreditation teams for the New England Commission of Higher Education, and led numerous special projects at EMCC.

She succeeds Lisa Larson, who left EMCC last October to join Education Design Lab. 

Wayne Burton, president emeritus of North Shore Community College in Danvers, Mass., has been serving as interim president.

Eastern Maine Community College has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students, offers 40 programs of study, and has off-campus centers in East Millinocket and Dover-Foxcroft. The school is one of seven public colleges in the Maine Community College System.

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