Two Women Among the Three Finalists for Chancellor of the University of Maine System

The University of Maine System has announced three finalists to become the system’s next chancellor. Current Chancellor Richard L. Pattenaude is stepping down in June 2012.

Two of the three finalists for the chancellor’s post are women. The three candidates will visit the system’s campuses in mid-January.

Meredith Hay is a special advisor to the chair for strategic initiatives of the Arizona Board of Regents. She was executive vice president and provost at the University of Arizona from 2008 to August 2011. Previously, she was vice president for research at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Hay is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver. She holds a master’s degree in neurobiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio.

Rebecca Wyke is the current vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Maine System. She previously served as commissioner for the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services. She has also been chief deputy Secretary of State for Maine.

Wyke holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master of public administration degree from the University of Maine. She is currently completing work on a doctorate in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania.

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