Dean and Campus Director

A Message from Heather Ball, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Interim Dean and Campus Director

Welcome to the University of Maine at Machias! We are a regional campus of the University of Maine, located near the Bold Coast of Downeast Maine in the rural community of Machias. Our small campus has deep connections to the Downeast community, the region, and the state.

Our students, faculty, and staff are deeply committed to service learning and community engagement. We strive for excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on experiential learning and active research. Our faculty are experts in their respective fields, as well as mentors and advisors to students.

Our academic programming is intentional and designed to enhance student success and perseverance toward career goals. Our alumni form a strong network including:

  • healthcare workers
  • educators
  • counselors
  • business and outdoor leaders
  • marine biologists
  • artists
  • writers
  • fishery and aquaculture technicians
  • recreationists and conservationists

Our university community is close knit. We welcome and encourage diverse learners and community members and we strive to foster a nurturing and inclusive environment for all. Our student groups and extracurricular activities offer myriad opportunities for involvement.

We warmly welcome you to the University of Maine at Machias and we look forward to supporting you as you journey toward not only a college degree, but also a transformational experience in preparation for lifelong well-being, purposeful work, and community engagement.

Best wishes,




About Heather Ball

Dr. Ball transitioned from a career in K–12 education to develop curriculum and coursework in special education at UMaine Machias. In collaboration with state and local educational agencies and leaders, Dr. Ball advanced a program to prepare highly qualified teachers of students who have disabilities through the delivery of accessible coursework and training in rural communities. In working to meet this goal, Ball has served as faculty and coordinator of the Education and Special Education Programs at the University of Maine at Machias; Chair of the Professional Studies Division at UMaine Machias; and Director of the Washington-Hancock Regional Teacher Development Center. Through the transition of UMaine Machias to a regional campus of the University of Maine, Dr. Ball has served on multiple cross-campus planning and implementation teams, as well as the Regional Campus Task Force. As Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at UMaine Machias, she has been a member of the University of Maine Dean’s Council since 2020. Dr. Ball is President of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Maine, and has served as Chair of the Eastern Maine Community College Education Program Advisory Board, Faculty Representative to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, and Regional Advisor for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Program in Hancock County. Dr. Ball holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine. Her research agenda has focused on the education of Indigenous students in Maine and the use of constructive communication in navigating conflict in educational settings.