Maine’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Maine
In 1865, the Maine legislature established the Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. The school opened in 1868, and subsequently changed its name to the University of Maine in 1897. In 1968, the school was renamed the University of Maine at Orono when the University of Maine system was established. The name was changed back to the University of Maine in 1986.
President: Joan Ferrini-Mundy became the president of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias in 2018. Prior to this position, she was the chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation. President Ferrini-Mundy has an extensive land-grant pedigree, having received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the land-grant institution University of New Hampshire. Also, she was a faculty member at the land-grant institution Michigan State University. @JFerriniMundy