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UMFK Board of Visitors to hear updates on campus construction projects at October 17 meeting

October 10, 2003


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors will hear about the progress of the two on-going construction projects on campus and other developments at the university when they meet on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

UMFK President Richard Cost and Vice President for Administration John Murphy will bring the visiting board up to date on construction on the $7 million, 150-bed, 47,595 square foot residence hall, and on a separate $2 million, 7,584 square foot building to house the Acadian Archives.

Both facilities are currently under construction on opposite sides of Pleasant Street on the UMFK campus.

Cost will update the visiting board on the progress on a new strategic plan being crafted for UMFK by a committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

He will tie this report into campus preparations to begin the thorough self-study process the university will undertake in the coming year in preparation for a 2005 re-accreditation team visit by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

With final census figures released by the University of Maine System on October 15, Melik Khoury, director of admissions will provide a fall semester enrollment report, as well as discuss plans for recruiting next year's incoming class.

The future growth of infrastructure at UMFK will be addressed by Murphy in a report on the campus master plan. As the university prepares to double its existing student residence hall space next fall, the demand for additional classrooms is only expected to increase.

Board of Visitors President James Thibodeau will welcome Richard Arnold of Madawaska as a newly appointed member to the board.

Arnold was recently appointed vice president and manager of Kathadin Paper in East Millinocket, where he is responsible for the former Great Northern Paper Mill's start-up, following Fraser Nexfor parent company Brascan Corporation's buy-out of the shutdown mill. He also oversees the engineering and construction of the pulp mill.

He joined Fraser Papers, Inc. in 1977 in the engineering department. He was promoted to manager of engineering and maintenance in 1995. In 1999 Arnold was promoted to vice president and Madawaska operations manager. He was elected chairman of the board for the Maine Pulp and Paper Association in 2001.

Arnold received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1975 and a masters degree in engineering in 1977 from the University of Maine.