James Page To Serve As UMaine System Chancellor

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Relishing a challenge, the new chancellor of the University of Maine System said Thursday that it'll be a privilege to lead through difficult times of dwindling resources and declining numbers of high school students.

James Page, CEO of James W. Sewall Co. in Old Town, will get to work next month after his selection was announced to the media following a meeting of the Board of Trustees' executive committee at the University of Southern Maine.

Changes will be needed to ensure the university system is meeting its obligations of providing an affordable education, serving as an economic engine and providing public outreach, even as it faces fiscal and demographic challenges, Page said.

"To direct the system at a time of great challenges is an honor," Page told The Associated Press.

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