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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The University of Maine System announced Tuesday that it has chosen Susan J. Hunter as the next president of the University of Maine in Orono. The University said it was a unanimous selection and the Board of Trustees will officially vote at a June 25 committee meeting. Hunter will be UMaine's first ever woman president.

"Dr. Hunter's depth and breadth of experience at our flagship campus is unsurpassed," said Chancellor Page.

Susan Hunter has been working in the UMaine system since 1987, first as an adjunct professor and then became full-time faculty member in 1991. As a cell biologist, she taught basic biology, cell biology, and anatomy and physiology. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Maine School for Science and Mathematics and is a currently the University of Maine System representative to the Governor's STEM Council. She is currently serving as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Maine System.

"The Board of Visitors is extremely pleased that Susan has agreed to assume the presidency during this transition period," said Anne Lucey, Chair of the University of Maine Board of Visitors. "She has excellent relationships with alumni, donors, faculty and University supporters. Given her many years of service, she is able to assume a leadership role and provide the continuity the campus needs at this juncture."

"There is no greater honor than being named to lead the institution where I have spent essentially my whole career," Hunter said. "I am delighted to be returning to campus to work with very talented and dedicated faculty, staff and students. My efforts will focus on further development and implementation of the Blue Sky Plan, fund raising activities in preparation for a comprehensive campaign, and external engagement to further the goals of the University of Maine System and higher education."

The University said Hunter currently lives in Orono with her husband, David Lambert, a plant pathologist who also spent his career at UMaine as a faculty member in the School of Food and Agriculture.

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