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Updated: July 8, 2024

Northern Maine Community College president will step down next month

After almost four decades as president of Northern Maine Community College, Tim Crowley is retiring in August.

Angela Buck, the NMCC academic dean, will serve as interim president for the upcoming academic year, according to a news release.

Buck joined the Presque Isle school in 2017 after a career in nursing and has served as a faculty member and department chair of nursing and allied health. She was named academic dean in 2020.

A search for the next president of Northern Maine Community College will begin in the fall.

Crowley’s legacy

Crowley joined the college in 1985 as dean of students of what was then called the Northern Maine Vocational Institute. In 1991, he was named vice president and academic dean before being named president in 2002. 

“Tim’s commitment to excellence and advancement at Northern Maine Community College, combined with his unwavering focus on student success and regional partnerships, has been the key to the college’s outstanding reputation,” said David Daigler, president of the Maine Community College System.

“His energy has been the driving force behind the college’s incredible growth and influence. We are very grateful for his strong leadership and deep understanding of the region and college.”

Northern Maine Community College president at the graduation.
Photo / Courtesy, Northern Maine Community College
NMCC President Timothy Crowley is shown at the school's 2024 commencement.

Crowley oversaw the institute's transition from a technical school into a full-fledged community college, expanding academic offerings to include associate degrees, increasing enrollment and adding facilities on the campus.

He also helped develop new programming in areas such as nursing, early childhood education, business administration and precision manufacturing. 

The Caribou resident completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Southern Maine and the Harvard University management development program in higher education.

“I leave Northern Maine Community College with a great deal of pride and appreciation for having had the privilege of working with the outstanding faculty, staff and students there. It has enriched my life beyond my wildest dreams,” said Crowley.

“We have worked to embrace becoming the community’s college. Together we have built a place where the community comes together to solve problems and set directions for future growth.”

Northern Maine Community College, based in Presque Isle, offers more than 30 degree programs and has an off-campus center in Houlton. 

Among the largest colleges in Maine, NMCC was ranked No. 21 in the 2024 Mainebiz Book of Lists, based on its 375 full-time undergraduate enrollment in fall 2023.

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