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January 25, 2024

Husson University names new president from within its own leadership ranks

Woman Courtesy / Husson University Lynne Coy-Ogan will assume her new role as president of Husson on July 1.

Lynne Coy-Ogan, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Husson University, has been named as its seventh president. She will assume the role on July 1, becoming the first woman to lead the Bangor university since it was founded in 1898.

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Robert Clark

Coy-Ogan will succeed Robert Clark, who has served as Husson’s president since 2010 and will step down in December. He is currently the longest-serving president of any four-year college or university in Maine, according to Husson. His career in higher education spans more than 40 years.

“I’m grateful that the board has chosen a trusted leader and colleague to be Husson’s next president and know that Lynne has the skills to continue to move Husson forward as it prepares students for their professional lives,” said Clark.

Over the next few months, as Coy-Ogan prepares to become president, Clark will assist with the transition.

“At Husson University, we prioritize providing students an education that prepares them for future careers,” said Coy-Ogan. “That is something I look forward to continuing, building on the legacy of President Clark through the development of a new strategic and financial plan that will continue to ensure Husson’s success and growth in a changing higher education landscape.”

Coy-Ogan received a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Boston University, a master’s degree in school counseling from Johns Hopkins University and her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Liberty University. 

Prior to joining Husson, she was a principal for the Bangor School Department and SAD 68 in Dover-Foxcroft. She worked in various educational roles for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. She was also named a National Distinguished Principal in 2002.

She joined Husson University as dean of the School of Education in 2005 and rose to provost in 2009. During her time in this role, Coy-Ogan has been instrumental in leading Husson’s academic program development and ensuring that Husson’s educational offerings continue to evolve to meet workforce needs.

"I have been fortunate over the last 19 years to be involved in many aspects of university operations, which has allowed me to establish numerous relationships with Husson's community of supporters and stakeholders," said Coy-Ogan in an interview with Mainebiz. "I've also had the privilege of assisting in grant writing to secure supplemental funding to expand Husson's programs and facilities. As I assume the role of president, I am excited to shift my energy and focus to expanding Husson's network of alumni and supporters who are also passionate about Husson's mission and future."

Coy-Ogan has served on numerous state task forces for issues related to leadership, curriculum reform and assessment practices. She has also chaired several program review teams for the Maine Department of Education and served on accreditation teams for the New England Commission of Higher Education throughout New England and Europe.

“Husson University has made great strides in recent years expanding its Bangor campus and developing new online programs for Maine, New England and beyond under the leadership of Dr. Clark,” said Daniel Hutchins III, chair of the Husson Board of Trustees and the search committee. “We are excited to continue the expansion of Husson’s high-quality academic programming and geographic reach to transform more students' lives under Dr. Coy-Ogan’s leadership.”

Husson University ranks No. 7 on the list of Maine's largest colleges and universities published in the Mainebiz Book of Lists, with undergraduate enrollment of 2,168. 

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