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April 24, 2012


Former University of Maine System (UMS) Chancellor, Dr. Terry MacTaggart, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's 130th Commencement on Saturday, May 12 in the University's Sports Center. Dr. MacTaggart will receive an honorary doctorate degree during the Commencement ceremonies.

Terry MacTaggart is an experienced leader and scholar in higher education. His consulting and research work focuses on higher education leadership and policy, strategic planning, institutional advancement, trustee development and leadership evaluation. He has served as a faculty member and administrator at several public and independent colleges and universities, where he has led or participated in substantial institutional transformations.

Dr. MacTaggart has served as a consultant and facilitator of board retreats for numerous colleges, universities and systems. He also has served as chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He has led multiple visiting teams for several regional accrediting associations, and has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Thailand and to Vietnam as an expert on accreditation and quality assurance.

MacTaggart's research and publications focus on governance, improving relations between institutions and the public, and restoring institutional vitality. Among the many books he has authored are: Academic Turnarounds: Restoring Growth and Vitality to Challenged American Colleges and Universities (2007). With James Mingle, he authored Pursuing the Public's Agenda: Trustees in Partnership With State Leaders. In the late 1990s, MacTaggart served as the editor and lead author of Restructuring Public Higher Education -- What Works and What Doesn't in Reorganizing Public Systems. He later produced Seeking Excellence Through Independence, which focuses on rebalancing campus autonomy and accountability in order to achieve better results. In 2000, he wrote, along with Robert Berdahl, a study of the partial privatization of public institutions entitled Charter Colleges: Balancing Freedom and Accountability.

MacTaggart served as UMS chancellor from 1996 until 2001. He later served a one-year appointment as chancellor for the 2006-2007 academic year. In addition to his two tenures as Maine system chancellor, Dr. MacTaggart has held the chancellor's position at the Minnesota State University System.

Dr. MacTaggart's academic credentials include a doctorate and Master of English Literature from Saint Louis University; a master of Business Administration from St. Cloud University; and an honorary doctor of law degree from the American College of Greece. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.