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Umaine System Chancellor Lays Out Plan To Create ‘Mission-Differentiated’ Campuses

The University of Maine System won’t do anything as dramatic as shutting down a campus to make itself fiscally sound, but it will change the focus of those institutions and force cooperation.

System Chancellor James Page laid out a “rather complex set of high-level directives” aimed at breaking down barriers between the system’s seven universities and reducing its vast administrative overhead during a UMS board meeting Monday at the system office in Bangor.

Without substantial systemic change, UMS projects a $90 million deficit by 2020.

“We believe that we are way too administratively top-heavy,” Page said during a recent interview at the Bangor Daily News. “We cannot afford the overhead of seven campuses plus the system office.”