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Maine Community College System

News Release
NMTC President Durward Huffman Appointed Chief Academic Officer for Maine Technical College System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 1, 2001
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3

Augusta, ME — Maine Technical College System President John Fitzsimmons has announced the appointment of Dr. Durward R. Huffman as Chief Academic Officer for the Maine Technical College System. Dr. Huffman has served as president of Northern Maine Technical College in Presque Isle since 1987, and as part-time academic officer for the System since 1994.

"Dr. Huffman is highly respected within Maine's higher education community, as well as nationally, for his exceptional knowledge of academic standards and accreditation issues," said President Fitzsimmons. "His depth of knowledge, combined with his strong leadership abilities and a respectful and considerate style are a perfect match to lead our academic affairs as the System grows and expands in the future. We are very fortunate to have him in our System, and in Maine," Fitzsimmons said.

Along with leading Northern Maine Technical College for 14 years, President Huffman has been an integral player in the evolution of the Technical Colleges from vocational technical institutes to comprehensive two-year colleges.

As part-time academic officer, Dr. Huffman led the development of academic policies and procedures for most of the System's major initiatives over the past decade, including the recent addition of the Associate in Arts transfer program and the launching of online courses.

In his new, full-time post, Dr. Huffman will be responsible for overseeing the academic policies and procedures governing the seven college system. He will serve as staff liaison to the Board of Trustees' Educational Policy Committee, and the System's Academic Affairs Council.

Huffman will also play a leadership role in the System's long-term goal of increasing enrollment through expanded occupational offerings, new liberal arts transfer programs, and online courses and programs.

Dr. Huffman received his doctorate in higher education in 1980 from the University of Sarasota. He earned a masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Heald Engineering College in San Francisco, California.

Huffman is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development; the American Society of Engineering Education; and the American Technical Education Association. Throughout his presidency at NMTC, he has served on numerous national and state educational committees.

Dr. Huffman will start his new position on July 1, 2001. Until December 31, 2001, he will also serve as part-time interim president at Northern Maine Technical College during the presidential search process.

President Fitzsimmons will launch a national search for Dr. Huffman's replacement at NMTC within a couple of weeks.