The president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Linda Schott, is leaving to be president of Southern Oregon University, the University of Maine System announced Monday.

“President Linda Schott brought innovative and engaged leadership to the University of Maine at Presque Isle,” Chancellor James Page said in a statement. “While we will miss Linda as a colleague and leader, she leaves in place an award-winning strategic mission and a leadership team with a greater capacity to serve our students, the region, and our statewide needs.”

Page said he planned to name a transitional leader sometime before Schott leaves. She will begin her new job before this fall.

Schott was known for moving UMPI, which enrolled about 1,300 students last fall, to “personalized education” – also known as proficiency-based learning – in which students learn at their own pace and are educated in an array of methods that are “personalized” for them. The state is moving to a proficiency-based diploma system for graduating high school seniors.

The New England Board of Higher Education recognized UMPI’s achievements in personalized education with its 2016 Maine State Merit Award.

Southern Oregon University, located in Ashland, enrolls about 6,200 students.


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