The man nominated as the next president of the University of Maine in Augusta will not take office. Michael Lalibert’s candidacy has been controversial with faculty members due to a no-confidence vote against him in his previous job as president of the State University of New York in Delhi. In August, the Faculty Senate issued a no-confidence motion against Daniel Malloy, Chancellor of the University of Maine System, and demanded a new inquiry. Malay did not inform the search committee of the no-confidence vote in Delhi.
A joint statement from Malay and Sowen Bartholomew, trustees of the system, said: The next Augusta president of the University of Maine will withdraw from the agreement. It was a difficult process for everyone involved and although we believe that Dr. Lalibert has the skills, talents and integrity to lead the UMA, we have decided that it is best to listen to the UMA faculty senate and support their wishes. Revisit the search for the next UMA president. We would like to reiterate here that all of us should have made sure that during the interview process, the entire UMA Presidential Inquiry Committee was fully informed about the 2021 SUNY Delhi College Senate no-confidence vote. This was a mistake and obviously caused the Augusta community deep distrust of the search process within the University of Maine. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but we believe this resolution is the right one for now. “