FARMINGTON — Three finalists have been named in a search for the next president of University of Maine at Farmington.

One will be selected to succeed outgoing President Theodora J. Kalikow, who is retiring in June after 18 years leading the liberal arts college.

The finalists announced Friday in a statement from the University of Maine System are:

• Christopher Ames, special assistant to the president at Washington College in Chestertown, Md.;

• Charlotte Borst, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif.; and

• Kathryn Foster, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, based in Washington, D.C.

A presidential search committee was formed late last year to begin working on the national search. The fourteen members of the committee included three members of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, as well as UMF faculty, staff, students and local community members, according to the release.

The finalists will visit the campus in Farmington next month. They will meet with the college’s community members in a series of public forums, with further details about the candidates, forums and state college available on the UMF website,

Following the visits, the search committee will review feedback and present its findings to the University of Maine System chancellor. One candidate will be recommended to the full Board of Trustees for approval, and the new president is expected to start this summer, the release states.

David Robinson — 861-9287
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