PORTLAND — The head of Maine’s university system is meeting with faculty and staff at the University of Southern Maine to listen to their concerns.

Chancellor James Page will be at the university today and Friday, a week after a no-confidence vote in university President Selma Botman fell short.

Faculty voted 194-80 in favor of the no-confidence motion, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority of the 377 faculty members needed to pass. Organizers say faculty are unhappy with Botman’s leadership and the direction of the university, which has campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston.

Page is holding an open forum today with faculty and staff to listen to their concerns. The forum will take place at 10 a.m. at Hannaford Hall. He’ll also meet with Botman one-on-one and with other constituencies and students during his two-day visit.


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