In the midst of a fire to hold information leading to a failed presidential investigation, Chancellor of the Maine System Daniel Malay has extended a deal in mid-July.
With his contract expiring later this month, the board of trustees approved a short-term extension on Thursday, according to The Kenebeck Journal. The newspaper reported that the board had proposed an extension so that it could discuss the Malay deal further at its July 11 meeting. Malay, a former Democratic governor of Connecticut, has been Chancellor since 2019. He reviewed performance in a closed session at the May board meeting.
Malay’s leadership has been the subject of intense criticism and the system has been the subject of several no-confidence votes from various universities for revealing information about Michael Lalibert, who was eventually appointed president of the University of Maine in Augusta. Malay neglected to mention that Lalibert was the subject of two no-confidence votes when he was president of New York State University in Delhi. Although he was hired at UMA, Lalibert returned to work after the faculty’s response.
Despite Lalibert’s withdrawal, the University of Maine system could pay him as much as 600,000 – even if he doesn’t work one day.
Earlier this month, the executive committee of the University of Maine’s faculty senate convened a special session and issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the university’s leadership for “violating both ethical and trustworthy responsibilities.”
“UMS will face a significant financial loss as a result of the disruptive UMA search process and no accountability or liability for the problematic decision-making that caused it to occur. Combined with the long-standing concern that UMA, [the University of Maine at Farmington]And [the University of Southern Maine] Chancellor Malay has been approached in a vote of no confidence in him, highlighting the lack of academic competence within the mainstream university leadership and showing that a framework does not currently exist to facilitate a strong system of shared governance, “the faculty said in a statement. Inside higher ed Fall