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Updated: June 20, 2023

SMCC taps dean of administration to be interim president

Southern Maine Community College Dean of Administration Tiffanie Bentley will serve as interim president of the college beginning Aug. 1.

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Joe Cassidy

Bentley will take over for Joe Cassidy after Cassidy announced he would be stepping down to become the president of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. 

“Tiffanie is an inclusive and trusted leader,” MCCS President David Daigler said. “I look forward to working with her in this role.”

Cassidy will depart on Aug. 1. At Saint Joseph's, he replaces James Dlugos, who announced his retirement last October, effective July 1.

A nationwide search for the next SMCC president will begin immediately and Bentley will serve as interim president until a new president is seated, which will likely be in spring 2024.

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Tiffanie Bentley

Prior to her time at SMCC, Bentley worked at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Woman’s University in Denton and the University of Southern Maine. She received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Oklahoma State University.

Bentley is active in her community as a member of the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club. She also served on the board of The Locker Project and on the city of South Portland’s initial affordable housing committee.

Southern Maine Community College is the system’s oldest, largest and most diverse college offering 40-plus programs of study at the Portland and Brunswick campuses to more than 6,000 students. 

SMCC was ranked No. 4 among Maine's largest colleges and universities in the 2023 Mainebiz Book of Lists, based on full-time undergraduate enrollment in fall 2022. 

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