The man, who was named the next president of the University of Maine in August, will not take office. Michael Laliberte’s candidacy has caused controversy among teachers over a vote of no confidence in him in his previous post as president of New York State University in Delhi. This month, the Senate of the Faculty in August voted no confidence in the Chancellor of the University of Maine, Daniel Mellou, and demanded a new search. Maloy did not inform the search committee of the no-confidence vote in Delhi.
A joint statement from Lalibert, Maloy and Sven Bartholomew, the trustee of the system, said: from his current contract to become the next president of the University of Maine in August. It was a difficult process for all participants, and although we believe that Dr. Laliberte has the skills, talent and honesty to lead UMA, we decided it was best to listen and support the UMA Faculty Senate in their desire to reconsider the search for the next UMA President. We also want to reiterate here that we all had to make sure that the entire UMA Presidential Search Committee was fully informed during an interview of no confidence in the Senate of SUNY Delhi College in October 2021. This was a mistake and, of course, caused deep distrust in the search process in the University of Maine community in Augusta. We regret this outcome, but we believe that this resolution is the right decision at the moment. “