Dr. Joyce Hedlund named Interim President
University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page joined Board of Trustee Member Bonnie Newsom in announcing that Dr. Joyce B. Hedlund has been appointed the interim President of the University of Maine at Machias. Dr. Hedlund will take office on January 5th and serve until a president is identified.
The incoming president spent nearly twenty years as a president in the Maine Community College System, leading the Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor and the Washington County Community College. While in the community college system, Dr. Hedlund focused the work of the College Advisory Board on regional economic development and the role that colleges can play in developing support systems for growth.
In recognition of her distinguished service to the system, Dr. Hedlund was honored as president emeritus for both Eastern Maine and Washington County Community Colleges.
“Dr. Joyce Hedlund brings to Machias a record of accomplishment in public higher education,” said Chancellor James Page. “She has worked on the front lines at universities and colleges in Maine, helping to make higher education available and accessible to the people of our state. Her experience in education, her ties to Downeast Maine, and her commitment to public service are what is needed to move the University of Maine at Machias forward.”
Prior to joining the community college system, Hedlund held student support and success positions in Maine’s public universities. Early in her career she was the Director of Admissions and worked on evening and adult education programs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. At UMaine, Hedlund held positions in financial aid and eventually served as Associate Dean of Students responsible for commuter affairs, retention and new student orientation.
"Dr. Hedlund is an accomplished and proud product of rural Maine,” offered UMS Board Chair Sam Collins. “She understands that we must work together to ensure that the University of Maine at Machias continues to provide affordable access to opportunity and four-year degree programs that serve the interests of students and the needs of the Downeast region."
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I welcome President Hedlund to campus,” said BOT member Bonnie Newsom who spoke at Dr. Hedlund’s introduction. “We are grateful for her willingness to serve the university, its students and the people of Maine.”
“I bring to this Presidency close to twenty years as a community college president and broad experiences in higher education in Maine,” said Dr. Joyce Hedlund. “Every higher education institution must be mission driven and financially sound.“
“The mission of a four-year university and that of a two-year community college are distinctly different and their reasons for existing are different,” continued Hedlund. “Washington County needs both types of institutions in order to support the development of an educated citizen, a major ingredient for economic and community development.”
“Joyce Hedlund cherishes Washington County,” said Marjorie Winters, a member of the UMM BOV and Director of Community Caring Collaborative in Machias. “She has the skills, temperament and experience to help lead our university and our region.”
Dr. Hedlund is a University of Maine at Fort Kent graduate and holds a Masters Degree as well as a Doctoral Degree in Education with a concentration in Student Personnel Services and Counselor Education from the University of Maine. She and her husband have a home in the Washington County community of Perry, Maine.
Final confirmation of Dr. Hedlund’s appointment will be an action item on the January 2015 Agenda of the UMS Board of Trustees.