August 1, 2003
It has been a full month since Robert Scott, the newly appointed vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, officially began his duties on campus, and in that short time, the native of St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada, has found himself at home in the St. John Valley.
The former assistant provost for quality management at Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas, was selected to fill the top academic post at UMFK in March after a nation-wide search was conducted under the direction of an eight-member committee comprised of university faculty, students and staff.
Since his appointment, Scott visited the area on several occasions and is now residing in Fort Kent with his wife Laura and two daughters Kara, 18 and Kylie, 9.
"Dr. Scott brings with him experience in both higher education administration and the classroom, and a well-earned reputation as an energetic and creative leader. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Scott, his wife Laura and their two daughters to Fort Kent," said UMFK President Richard Cost.
According to the new vice president, the St. John Valley has lived up to its reputation, providing his family with the warmest of welcomes.
"It is nice how people from the Fort Kent community are as inviting as the campus community itself. We are thrilled to be here. Our children are trying to bone up on their French," said Scott.
In addition to a welcoming campus and community, the chief academic officer has also found UMFK to have a great environment for learning and to be accepting to new ideas.
"Working with campus community and University of Maine System staff, I have found everyone to be very receptive to new initiatives. I am looking forward to serving UMFK by building off its present mission to include a strong growth strategy, grounded in strategic planning," said Scott.
The university is currently in the process of developing its strategic plan for the next several years, and Scott has become fully immersed in the process, serving as the newly appointed chairperson of the established committee.
"I see room for growth, particularly in the areas of public safety administration, electronic commerce, and environmental studies," said Scott.
He brings a wealth of experience to his new position. At Fort Hays State University he served in various capacities in his eight years on that campus. His most recent appointment in 2002 to assistant provost for quality management came after he served for two years as assistant to the provost and director of the office of institutional effectiveness.
Prior to his work in the provost's office, Scott worked his way up through the academic ranks from coordinator of the criminal justice program to director of justice studies. In 1996, he was a policy fellow for the Docking Institute of Public Affairs in Hays, Kansas.
Scott's classroom teaching experience also includes serving as an assistant professor of criminal justice at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma from 1992 through 1994.
His professional experiences include program building and leadership, budgetary management, and distance education programming, among other areas.
Scott received his doctor of philosophy from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and his master's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has conducted post-masters study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania.