Office of the President

Direction Package Kick Off


The live streaming link for the 10:00am meeting on September 24 will be available HERE at 9:50am.

The live streaming link for the 1:00pm meeting on September 24 will be available HERE at 12:50pm.

Download the Power Point presentation.

We want your feedback. Please visit the USM Direction Package website.


Thank you.

Dear Colleagues:

People have been asking – and understandably so - what are this university’s goals and priorities and how are we going to get there? 

Well, the time has finally arrived for us to kick off a process to receive your input.

We have open campus meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., next Tuesday, September 24 in Hannaford Hall of the Abromson Community Education Center, Portland. Polycom rooms have been set up on each campus, plus the meetings will be streamed live, taped and posted on our website, details below. Please attend whichever session works for you.

Some background. 

At this year's Opening Breakfast, I reported that small working groups consisting of the President’s Council and Provost’s Staff have been meeting to give careful thought and consideration around what our current and future students, and the external community need from us.

As part of our work, we dusted off dozens of USM planning documents, legislation dating back to the late 1800s, articles on the current status of public higher education and prognostications on where it is heading, as well as studies related to the Maine and regional economies.  All of these will soon be available for you to look at if you are interested.

Based on this, we have mapped out an outline of a process and some preliminary thoughts that we hope provide sufficient guidance so that all of us have the opportunity to contribute to a strategic direction for this university as we prepare for FY 2015 and beyond. 

Again, there is no detailed plan to share with you on the 24th. We have an outline of a process and some preliminary thoughts. There will be additional sessions and opportunities for you to provide feedback throughout the semester. Our goal is to complete our planning by mid-December.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 24, to find out more about how you can add your voice to the process. 




Please note, the main event location has moved from 133 Wishcamper to Hannaford Hall.

Polycom sites

*1st campus-wide presentation, Hannaford Hall, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

106 in Lewiston-Auburn

104 Bailey Hall in Gorham

106 Upperclass Hall in Gorham

Mt. Cadillac Room in Augusta

Live streaming will be available at 9:50am


*2nd campus-wide presentation, Hannaford Hall, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

106 in Lewiston-Auburn

104 Bailey Hall in Gorham

106 Upperclass Hall in Gorham

Mt. Cadillac Room in Augusta

Live streaming will be available at 12:50pm

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