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Robert Scott selected new vice president for academic affairs at UMFK

March 28, 2003

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Robert Scott, assistant provost for quality management at Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas, has been selected to fill the top academic post at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Scott, who will assume the duties of vice president for academic affairs at UMFK on July 1, 2003, was officially appointed by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees during their recent meeting at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The appointment comes after a nation-wide search that began last fall under the direction of an eight-member search committee comprised of university faculty, students and staff. The committee reviewed applicant files, facilitated telephone interviews and campus visits, and recommended finalists for the position to UMFK President Richard Cost.

'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. At Fort Hays, he proved very effective in implementing a new program in criminal justice and growing that program to become the university's second largest,' said Cost. 'At the same time, colleagues at Fort Hays stressed his excellent working relationships with faculty and his inclusive style of management. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Scott and his wife Laura to Fort Kent.'

For his part, Scott is preparing to assume the duties of his new position in July and to take part in the unique opportunities that the UMFK campus community will provide.

'I am thrilled to be able to come to a place that will allow me the chance to face exciting challenges and opportunities. The fact that the institution is located on the Canadian border is especially exciting to my family and I,' said Scott. 'My wife and kids are excited about the chance to make new friends, meet new people, and explore what will be for them a new culture.'

Scott has served in various capacities at Fort Hays State University since he first arrived on the campus in 1995.

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.