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UMFK vice president for academics tapped to fill top academic post at Pennsylvania's Keystone College

March 25, 2005


Robert Scott, vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent has accepted an offer to serve as the chief academic officer at Keystone College, a private institution with 1,600 students, just outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Scott, who has served as UMFK provost since July of 2003, will finish out the current academic year in Fort Kent, working through the end of May.

During his tenure at UMFK, Scott was instrumental in initiating and directing a number of procedures to enable the campus community to assess and ultimately improve educational outcomes.

He co-chaired, along with John Murphy, vice president for administration, the committee charged with developing the new UMFK five-year strategic plan, which will go before the University's Board of Visitors in April, and later this spring will be presented to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees for their consideration.

Scott's strong background in the areas of planning and assessment were also tapped as the campus engaged in a thorough self-study to prepare for a November 2005 re-accreditation visit by a team representing the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

As chief academic officer, Scott worked closely with the faculty co-chairs of the self-study Rachel Albert and Kurt Holzhausen.

In addition, Scott, working closely with the academic division chairs at UMFK, developed a new academic plan for the institution.

Under his leadership the campus created a new campus assessment committee and an assessment plan that will assist the campus community in measuring its success.

"We have some extraordinary committees and assessment procedures in place," said UMFK President Richard Cost. "During his time here at UMFK, Rob has been instrumental in leading efforts to ensure academic programs and the entire campus community are well poised to meet the challenges facing all of us in higher education."

Although the position at Keystone will present the academic officer with new challenges, Scott is looking back at his tenure at UMFK as one that has been both professionally and personally rewarding.

"I have enjoyed immensely my time here at UMFK and in the St. John Valley. This community has been extremely welcoming to my entire family. I have also had the privilege of working with some of the finest faculty members and professionals in academia. I leave with many fond memories and with the highest admiration for my professional colleagues," said Scott.

In addition to his involvement on the UMFK campus, Scott and his family have been active in the community. He is a member of the Fort Kent Rotary Club, and both he and his wife Laura were involved as volunteers in the 2004 Biathlon World Cup.

The couple has two daughters, 20-year-old Kara, who is a student at UMFK and 10-year-old Rylie, who is a student at Fort Kent Elementary School.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Rob, and I am very happy for him and his family," said Cost.

Prior to joining the UMFK campus community, Scott was assistant provost for quality management at Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas.

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.

President Richard Cost has announced to the UMFK community that the campus will initiate efforts soon to search for a replacement for Scott.

In the meantime, Cost will recommend an interim vice president to the chancellor and University of Maine System Board of Trustees.