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UMFK Associate Professor of Mathematics and Business Roger Roy earns Ph.D.

June 9, 2006


University of Maine at Fort Kent associate professor of mathematics and business Roger Roy, received a Ph.D. in human resources management from the University of Maine in Orono on May 13.

Dr. Roy?s research involved studying applications of chaos and complexity theories to organizational behavior. His doctoral thesis was titled: ?An Application of ?Landscape Design? to Student Academic Success.?

Roy, of Caribou, joined the faculty of UMFK in 1993 with significant and diverse experience in business, and approximately 20 years experience in higher education. He first arrived on campus as and instructor of mathematics for a one-year, fixed-term contract. After two-years, he became an instructor of mathematics and business.

In addition to teaching an overload of courses every term, Roy has developed new courses and revamped existing classes, resulting in a mathematics curriculum that serves as both an adjunct to all the academic programs and as a major area within the secondary education certification program. Roy?s work also has resulted in an enhanced business program that regularly sends students on to graduate school.

Dr. Roy serves as coordinator of academic advising at UMFK, where he has developed a program of new student advising and a first-year experience program that has been highly successful and is considered a model for other small colleges and universities.

Roy received a master's degree in business administration from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, a master's degree from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in Rhode Island.

He is involved in community service with numerous businesses, civic clubs, as well as being an activist at the state and local level in both the Democratic Party and the Maine Education Association.