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Maine Technical College System

News Release

FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, April 24, 2002
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Technical College System Board of Trustees today appointed Timothy D. Crowley the new president of Northern Maine Technical College. Crowley served as vice president/academic dean of the Presque Isle college for the past 11 years, and has been serving as interim president since January 1 of this year.

The Board unanimously endorsed the nomination made by Maine Technical College System (MTCS) President John Fitzsimmons at a Board meeting held this afternoon in Augusta. Crowley was selected from a field of 52 candidates following a national search.

“Tim’s experience, his commitment to the college and the System, and his strong belief in our vision for the Technical Colleges make him an ideal person to lead this college into the future,” said Fitzsimmons.

The presidential search committee was chaired by Brian Hamel, vice chair of the MTCS Board of Trustees and President and Chief Executive Officer of Loring Development Authority. “Tim was raised in Aroostook County and has dedicated the better part of his professional career to NMTC,” said Hamel. “He has earned the respect of his college and the community and will be an excellent leader for NMTC,” he said.

In his capacity as interim president, Crowley has led the college's strategic planning effort to begin implementing an institutional effectiveness measurement process and other recommendations of the college's accrediting agency. He has been holding meetings with college advisory committees and has instituted a number of initiatives to provide greater communication among all members of the college community.

“It is an honor to be chosen to serve as the next president at NMTC," said Crowley. "The faculty, staff and administration at the college are committed to meeting the needs of our region, and I am pleased to be selected to facilitate the changes we will make to respond to the needs of our students and the community. The economic development of our region and the state is directly related to the ability of our higher education systems to deliver programs and services in new and creative ways. I look forward to leading NMTC as we continue to respond to the growing demand for the programs and services we offer."

Crowley has been with the college since 1985. Prior to becoming vice president/academic dean, he served as dean of students. He currently serves on a number of local boards, including Cary Medical Center, Aroostook County Action Program and Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development. He earned his master of science in education from the University of Southern Maine in 1977 and his bachelor of arts in social welfare from USM in 1975. He is a doctoral candidate at Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.

Crowley grew up in Fort Kent. He now resides in Caribou with this wife, Mary, and sons, Adam and Steven. Adam is a graduate student at the University of Maine, and Steven is a freshman at Caribou High School.

Crowley’s appointment is effective next Monday. The college will conduct a search for a new vice president/academic dean after the completion of the current academic year in mid-May.

NMTC serves approximately 2,200 credit and non-credit students annually, offers 32 programs of study, and provides classes throughout Aroostook County -- at the main campus in Presque Isle and at three off-campus centers in Houlton, Caribou and Van Buren.