From tiny tots to lifelong learners, the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Gentile Hall was full of smiling faces for the inauguration of the university’s president, Linda K Schott.
Barb Blackstone, Chair of the Faculty Assembly, says ”It’s exciting to have a president that’s so engaged with moving us forward..and I think its an opportunity for us to highlight that with an inauguration.”
And a unique inauguration at that..the theme of the ceremony was Linking Generations through Teaching and Learning..students of all ages from all over Aroostook County marched down the red carpet. Leaders from all over the state were in attendance – including two of UMPI’s past presidents.
Don Zillman, former UMPI president says, “I think it’s particularly delightful having Linda with a year in under her belt, having performed marvelously that its not just we have high hopes for but we have delight in the achievements that she has already done.”
Schott says, ”I don’t think they’re coming to see me, they’re coming to see a transformation point for the institution, so you know I’m really convinced it’s not about me, it’s about a change for the institution.”
Schott is the 11th president in the school’s history. She took on the role in July of last year. She says her goals going forward are a new emphasis on active and hands on learning, and on career preparation.
Schott: You know I’ve learned a lot, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people, and now I’m really ready to put my shoulder to the wheel and start making some changes that will move the institution forward.
Sam Collins, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Maine at Orono presented Schott with the medallion.
Collins says, “She’s done an outstanding job..she’s very open, warm, and she could certainly pass off as a county native.”
Like so many others, Collins is thrilled with Schott in her first year as president. And he says it will take the support of the entire community to keep Schott and the university moving in the right direction.