ORONO — The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint former Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy the next chancellor of the University of Maine System.
The appointment concludes more than a year of succession planning in anticipation of the June 30 retirement of Chancellor James Page and a national search.
Malloy will begin work July 1, becoming the 13th chancellor of the University of Maine System since its formation in 1968.
“Dan Malloy is an executive leader and public servant committed to taking on complex change initiatives and getting the job done,” said James Erwin, chairman of the UMS Board of Trustees. “As governor, he delivered reforms and structural changes to state government that were not always popular, and certainly not expedient, but that advanced the long-term interest of his state and its citizens.
“Under Dan’s leadership we will help lead Maine’s response to our workforce shortage and skills gap by connecting more of what we teach directly to a job, by reaching more adult learners and other Mainers underserved by higher education and lifting their Maine-career aspirations, and by continuously including new approaches to what we teach and how we teach it to meet the competitive challenges of today’s higher education marketplace.”
Malloy brings 22 years of public service and executive leadership experience to the University of Maine System, including eight years as governor of Connecticut and 14 years as mayor of Stamford, Conn. The two-term governor was first elected in 2010 and won re-election in 2014. He chose not to seek reelection in 2018.
During his tenure, the Malloy administration achieved a 13 percent reduction in the size of the state government workforce, secured agreements with the state bargaining unit resulting in $40 billion in savings to taxpayers, replenished the state rainy day fund to more than $2 billion and fully funded the state pension payment every year.
Also during his time in office in Connecticut, the administration formed a Board of Regents for Higher Education, underwent two major expansions at the University of Connecticut and created seven advanced manufacturing centers helping to train skilled workers. Through the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Malloy administration expanded the state’s apprentice program by approximately 40 percent and into several new sectors of the economy including nursing, health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and insurance.
“My time in electoral politics is over, but I am still passionate about providing public service leadership that matters,” Malloy said. “Maine has set a national example for public higher education reform, and I am eager to work with the board, the presidents, faculty, staff and university supporters to build on this progress for Maine’s learners.
“We have to act with urgency — Maine’s workforce challenges grow larger by the day. Decisions will come fast, but they will be informed. I will be devoting many of my first days to visiting the campuses. I want to meet with new colleagues, hear from students and see firsthand how our universities are serving the people and communities of Maine.”