A person described as a longtime champion for the College of Maine who led the college for six years has died.
Robert Kennedy, who served as president of the College of Maine from 2005 to 2011, died in his house state of Minnesota, UMaine’s present president, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, mentioned Friday.
Kennedy labored at UMaine in Orono for 11 years, first serving as vp and provost for 4 years. He then served as interim president earlier than he was named the college’s president.
Underneath Kennedy, UMaine noticed a wave of improvement, together with the development of the New Stability Scholar Recreation Middle and the Foster Middle for Scholar Innovation, the expansion of the college’s offshore wind vitality analysis program, and the institution of the Graduate College of Biomedical Science and Engineering.
Kennedy graduated from the College of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 1968. After service within the U.S. Military, he earned a doctorate in botany from the College of California, Berkeley.
He started his educating and analysis profession in 1974 on the College of Iowa.
Kennedy got here to UMaine in 2000 after eight years as vp for analysis and affiliate provost for graduate research at Texas A&M College. Earlier than then, he was vp for analysis on the College System of Maryland for 3 years.
In 2011, after Kennedy stepped down from UMaine, then-Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy appointed Kennedy the interim president of the Connecticut Board of Regents of Larger Schooling. Malloy created the board that very same yr, consolidating 4 state universities, the state’s neighborhood faculty system and on-line faculty beneath a single umbrella.
Malloy now serves because the College of Maine System’s chancellor.
In an e-mail to the UMaine neighborhood, Ferrini-Mundy described Kennedy as a champion for UMaine and mentioned his legacy has formed what the college is immediately.
“His management made a long-lasting affect and was a part of our basis in turning into an R1 analysis college,” she mentioned.
The college’s R1 designation, which it acquired earlier this yr from the Carnegie Classification of Establishments of Larger Schooling, signifies that UMaine has had “very excessive analysis exercise” lately. It’s a designation shared by lower than 4 p.c of post-secondary establishments within the U.S.