The University of Maine System board of trustees approved facilities upgrades at three campuses and agreed to a new information technology program at the University of Southern Maine during its meeting Monday.
Also during the meeting at UM-Machias, Chancellor James Page acknowledged protests that have taken place at the University of Southern Maine over the elimination of programs and faculty positions in order to cut the university’s budget.
“We clearly hear the concerns of our faculty and students at USM and campuses across the state,” he said, according to a prepared statement about the meeting. “These are very difficult times. Our universities are facing unprecedented challenges and the Board of Trustees and Presidents agree that we must redefine the way we do business to better serve our students, businesses, and the state.