April 3, 2006
Dr. Rachel Albert, who has served as interim vice president for academic affairs since July, has been selected by President Richard Cost to fill the top academic post at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. "We conducted a national search and were pleased to review a strong field of candidates" according to Cost. "Four finalists visited the campus during February and March."
"Through the process, it became clear that Dr. Albert was the right choice for this institution at this time and I am delighted that the System Trustees agreed and confirmed her selection at their March meeting," said Cost. He continued, "Dr. Albert has enormous energy and a strong orientation to using hard data to guide and support decisions. At UMFK, she led the growth of a strong Nursing Program as its Director, and was a key leader in our recent self-study and successful reaccreditation by NEASC. Rachel has the respect of all members of this academic community and I look forward to working with her."
Albert was officially appointed by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees during their meeting on March 20 and begins her new position April 4. The appointment comes after a nation-wide search that began under the direction of an eight member search committee comprised of university faculty, students and staff. The committee headed by Vice President for Administration and Finance John Murphy, reviewed files, conducted telephone interviews, hosted campus visits and recommended finalists for the position to president Cost.
Albert, a native of the St. John Valley joined UMFK in September of 1990.
She served as a member of the UMFK faculty for 15 years.
In 1999, she was named director and chair of the UMFK division of nursing in and promoted to associate professor that same year.
Albert graduated from UMFK in 1985, earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in 2001 and his masters of science in nursing from University of Texas in Houston in 1990.
"I am truly honored to have been selected to serve as the vice president for academic affairs. This is an exciting time to be part of UMFK as we embark upon on a post institutional reaccredidation journey with a list of strategic priorities before us. I am enthusiastic and excited about continuing to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administration to implement institutional priorities and quality education that is responsive to the needs of northern Maine," said Albert. "As a long time resident, I understand the many challenges that face higher education in a rural setting, and I am committed to confronting each demand carefully and skillfully through effective and collaborative leadership. I look forward to contributing to UMFK's continued successes."
In 1997, she was named to Outstanding Young Women of America and received the UMFK "Outstanding Faculty Award". She was also named to Who's Who among American Teachers in 2002.
In 2003, both chambers of the Maine State Legislature passed a legislative sentiment recognizing her work. The proclamation was sponsored, and later presented to Albert, by Fort Kent area representative Troy Jackson.
Albert served as co-chair of the thorough UMFK self-study report that was prepared and completed of a re-accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in November 2005. She also worked on preparing the campus community for the review immediately after successfully leading the nursing division through an accreditation review by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
Albert belongs to numerous professional associations including the Maine Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Leadership Maine program.
Locally, she sits on the board of directors of Visiting Nurses of Aroostook and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Aroostook Mental Health Center.
Albert?s work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Emergency Nursing, the Journal of Professional Nursing and Advance for Nurses. Her work has also been featured on the CBS News "Healthwatch" website.