December 24, 2004
After a nation-wide search, Melik Peter Khoury has been tapped to fill a new business and mathematics faculty position at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, beginning in the upcoming spring semester.
Khoury, who has served as a very successful admissions officer at UMFK since the fall of 2000, was selected to join the University's natural and behavioral sciences division to teach courses in both business and math.
"This is truly a win-win situation and I am delighted to welcome Melik to our faculty and to wish him well as he grows in his career. I also want to thank him for building such an extraordinary staff organization in Admissions. They will carry on and do an excellent job as we begin a search for a new Director," said UMFK President Richard Cost.
In addition to serving as director of admissions, Khoury has been head men's soccer coach and an adjunct faculty member at UMFK since 2000. He will continue in his role with the men's soccer team.
"This appointment will provide me the focus I need to concentrate on my doctorate in business education, which I start working toward this coming March," said Khoury. "I look forward to starting this new chapter in my life, which will allow me to work more directly toward the development of students in their quest for knowledge, which was my rationale for selecting higher education as a career. I believe my background in business in the private sector and my experience in leadership in the UMFK admissions office will provide my students with a unique perspective in the classroom."
Khoury was hired by UMFK in the fall of 2000 as assistant director of admissions and promoted to associate director in July 2001. In January 2002, he was tapped as interim director, and four months later was named director.
During his tenure in the admissions office, the incoming class on the northernmost campus of the University of Maine System has grown by an impressive 60 percent. In 2000, the university's incoming class numbered 253, this past fall Khoury and his admissions team brought in 405 new students.
In that same period of time, UMFK also led the University of Maine System in overall enrollment growth, realizing a 22 percent increase in student population.
Khoury also helped UMFK cast a wider net for student applications. The number of states outside of Maine with students applying to UMFK this past fall was up 35 percent over 2000, and the number of states other than Maine represented in UMFK's student census in 2004 jumped 78 percent over 2000.
UMFK also realized a significant increase in the number of students from Maine high schools both applying to and attending the University over the past four years. In 2000, UMFK received applications from students attending 60 different high schools across the state. This past fall that number reached 97, a 62 percent increase.
Of that number, UMFK enrolled students from 55 Maine high schools this fall, compared to just 27 in 2000, a 100 percent increase.
"Melik is an important contributor to this academic community, and has been for many years now. He has done a superb job as Director of Admissions and I think this move to the Faculty is good for his professional career and wonderful for UMFK too. He will be able to share his marketing experience with students and continue to teach, which he does extremely well, and to coach soccer where he has created an outstanding program," said Cost.
Khoury, a native of Gambia, Africa, is an alumnus of UMFK, having earned a bachelor of science in business administration in 2000.
After leaving UMFK, Khoury spent a year at the University of Maine, working toward his masters in business administration, a degree which he received in the spring of 2001. That fall, he returned to the Fort Kent campus to join the admissions office and to coach soccer.
As head men's soccer coach, Khoury will continue to build upon his record as the most consistently successful coach of any athletic program at the university.
This fall, Khoury led his team to their second consecutive conference title and an appearance at the 2004 NAIA Division II championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Khoury, a former UMFK soccer star himself has an impressive winning record as a coach, with a coaching career record of 46 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties.
In 2002, UMFK men's soccer earned a second place national ranking, and concluded the season with an impressive 15-2-1 record, and the runner-up title in their conference.
A year later, the team would finish the year 10-3-0 and take home the conference title.