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University of Maine at Augusta Appoints New President

The University of Maine at Augusta is getting a new president in July, one who’s familiar with UMA and the University of Maine System as a whole.

Rebecca Wyke, who currently serves as the system’s vice chancellor for finance and administration, will become UMA president. For 6 months in 2015, she was UMA’s interim president, replacing Glen Cummings, who became president of the University of Southern Maine.

UMA’s mission is to serve adult learners and veterans, nontraditional as well as traditional students at campuses in Augusta, Bangor and eight satellite institutions, in addition to distance learning opportunities.

Wyke says among her challenges is keeping education affordable and convenient for UMA students.

“Many of whom have families and jobs in addition to trying to be a student. All of those things are important and I think the UMA faculty and staff recognize better than anyone how to serve students that are in that position,” she says.

Wyke takes over for James Conneely, who has headed up UMA for about a year and a half and who resigned in April. She begins her new job July 1.