University of Maine to replace Paul Ferguson with first female president

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The University of Maine has chosen their replacement for Paul Ferguson, who was selected last month to become the president of Ball State University. Susan Hunter, who has spent most of her career at the University of Maine, will serve a two-year appointment leading the nearly 11,250-student Orono campus beginning July 7.

Hunter will take the reins as the university grapples with funding challenges and implements a long-term strategy to grow and become more financially sustainable. She said Tuesday that her familiarity with UMaine and the state will allow her to fully embrace the job at what is an important time for the school.

"The consensus opinion was that we could spend the next two years with a pretty stable hand on the tiller," she said.

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