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May 30, 2019

Former Gov. Malloy to lead Maine’s state university system

dannel p. malloy maine Photo | Contributed Former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been named as the next chancellor of Maine’s state university system.

After a brief stint teaching at Boston College Law School, former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is jumping into higher education full time, as chancellor of Maine’s state university system.

The University of Maine System’s (UMS) board of trustees on Thursday morning unanimously selected the former two-term governor to lead the seven-school system and its 30,000 students. 

Malloy, a Democrat who previously served as Stamford’s mayor for 14 years, will become the school system’s thirteenth chancellor when he takes office July 1, succeeding James Page, who is set to retire June 30.

Malloy will earn an annual salary of $350,000, officials said.

“My time in electoral politics is over, but I am still passionate about providing public service leadership that matters,” said Malloy. “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.”

Malloy, 63, in recent months served as a visiting professor at Boston College Law School, where he earned a law degree in 1980. Malloy also earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in political science and sociology years earlier. 

Teaching at his alma mater wasn’t his first stint in higher ed. Malloy also previously worked as an adjunct professor at UConn teaching undergraduate political science for 12 semesters.

Before becoming Stamford’s mayor in 1995, Malloy was an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then a senior litigation partner at Stamford law firm Abate & Fox.

James Erwin, chairman of the UMS board, said Malloy’s experience in the public and private sectors will help the school system take on “complex” initiatives at its seven community colleges and universities.

“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,” Erwin said in a statement. “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….”

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