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Khoury assumes presidency of Unity College

Higher education leader tapped to continue innovation at America's Environmental College

UNITY When Dr. Melik Peter Khoury assumes the presidency at Unity College this morning, he will bring in an international and innovative perspective to the highest office at America's Environmental College.

Khoury's goals include continuing the school's positive four-year enrollment trend, continuing to upgrade and repurpose student-centered facilities for their highest and best use, expanding access to a Unity College education to nontraditional learners of all ages, nationalities and creeds, and realigning the administration to inculcate sustainability and 'leadership in abundance' at every level of the operation.

However, his vision goes further: Khoury has made it clear that he believes the current model of higher education is not adequate to meet environmental and social challenges.

'For centuries, higher education was separate from real life needs of industry and leadership. More recently, colleges have been retooled to help students get their first job or prepare them for graduate school,' Khoury said. 'In order to serve in the 21st century, higher education must work with corporations, nonprofits, and world leaders, and prepare graduates to make both a living and a positive impact over a lifetime and around the world.'

Less Ivory Tower. More 'boots on the ground.'

The Unity College Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Khoury on Aug. 14, 2015, to a 30-month appointment to lead America's Environmental College. Board of Trustees Chairman Bruce Nickerson cited Khoury's leadership style and results in appointing him Unity College's 11th chief executive.

'This reflects an unequivocal endorsement from the board, and a deep appreciation for Dr. Khoury's genuine character, integrity, achievements, and reputation,' Nickerson said. 'We have full faith he will successfully lead Unity College in stewarding the ongoing execution of our Strategic Plan.'

Khoury has been described as an education entrepreneur whose blend of industry-disrupting vision, strategic financial planning, and managerial expertise has fostered sustainable growth in higher education for more than a decade.

At Unity College, Khoury has found the perfect opportunity to leverage his brand of 'functional leadership in abundance' toward realization of Unity's mission as the nation's premiere environmental college, preparing graduates to solve real world environmental problems through the framework of Sustainability Science.

Khoury, a first-generation American, holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He has held a leadership position at nearly every level during a long and varied career in higher education, executing strategy from the detail-specific to the visionary.

Khoury's higher education experience is not limited to the board room and executive suite. He has held full-time faculty appointments, coached men's and women's soccer, and worked as a director of residence life. Prior to committing to a life of service in higher education, Khoury worked overseas in international business.

As an executive in higher education, Khoury has earned a reputation as an innovator serving in progressively broader leadership roles since arriving at Unity College in early 2013: first as Senior Vice President for External Affairs, then as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 2015, Khoury added Chief Academic Officer to his responsibilities.

Prior to Unity, Khoury served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Positioning at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa; Vice President for Enrollment Management and College Marketing at Culver Stockton College in Canton, Mo.; Vice President for Enrollment Management at Paul Smith's College in New York; and Director of Admissions at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Maine Audubon announces new executive director

FALMOUTH Maine Audubon announced today the appointment of Ole Amundsen III as its new Executive Director. Amundsen brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation leadership, with a focus on landscape scale conservation, environmental education and finance. Amundsen most recently served as program manager for the national land trust, The Conservation Fund. Amundsen's entrepreneurial approach to conservation uses market forces to achieve lasting benefits for the environment, balancing conservation and commercial interests.

During his tenure at The Conservation Fund, Amundsen helped communities and nonprofits reach their full potential through strategic planning and investment in trails, farmers' markets and parks. He has sourced over $20 million in loans to a wide range of conservation groups across the country. One New England example is a $3 million loan to build Boston Public Market, the first completely locally sourced farmers' market in a major metropolitan area.

Jerry King, President of Maine Audubon's Board of Trustees, said 'I am thrilled that Ole will serve as Maine Audubon's next Executive Director. As the leading wildlife conservation organization in the state, Maine Audubon is a great match for Ole's experience as a conservation leader.'

Amundsen also brings a breadth of experience in strategic planning and collaboration. One of his signature achievements was bringing together the land trusts in the Gulf coast to create a vision for land conservation and restoration for the BP settlement funds (after the 2010 oil spill). It was one of the first times that national conservation organizations (National Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, etc.) and local and regional land trusts worked together to create common goals for the conservation of the Gulf coast.

Dr. John Short named new president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent

AUGUSTA University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced that Dr. John N. Short is the new President of the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Dr. Short's successful career in public higher education spans nearly forty years with experience as both a faculty member and an administrator. His most recent post has been serving as the CEO and Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac where he oversaw operations and academics at the freshman-sophomore level liberal arts transfer institution serving approximately 700 students within the University of Wisconsin System.

In addition to maintaining a critical gateway to university programming throughout the statewide system while at Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, Short helped establish a thriving high school concurrent enrollment program that recently included over 190 Fond du Lac high school students taking college credit classes while still in high school.

Dr. Short was selected as a finalist for the presidency following an extensive national search process that resulted in an applicant pool of forty-five candidates and campus visits last December when students, staff, faculty and community members engaged in discussions with four presidential finalists that significantly shaped the outcome of the selection process.

Dr. Short will begin work on April 1, 2016. In addition to serving as the President of UMFK he will join the leadership team of the University of Maine System as a valued partner in the work to establish One University for all of Maine. The One University effort is a pioneering initiative that seeks to ensure that all Maine's public university resources can be brought to bear in support of every Maine student, business and community.

EMHS welcomes chief strategy officer

BREWER EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE is pleased to announce that Matthew Weed has joined EMHS as senior vice president and chief strategy officer.

Weed fills a position vacated nearly two years ago by Jerry Whalen, former vice president of Business Development at EMHS. Weed will be responsible for developing and implementing both short- and long-term strategies. In addition, he will provide leadership and coordinate activities for the Strategic Planning Committee of the EMHS Board of Directors, as well as select leadership steering committees and teams. Michelle Hood commented, 'We look forward to welcoming Matt to our EMHS family. I've known Matt for a long time and find him to be a thought leader and problem solver. With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and strategy, he will also be instrumental in building and managing relationships with various stakeholders both internal and external to EMHS.' In addition to strategic planning, Weed will oversee marketing and communications, community health and grants, government relations, and philanthropy,' Hood said.

Weed received his BA in political science at the University of Utah in 1982, and his MBA at Brigham Young University in 1984. During his distinguished career at Intermountain Health in Utah, Weed held a large variety of positions, including senior financial consultant and manager of costing systems; director of Physician Relations; assistant administrator; assistant vice president of Strategic Research and Planning; assistant vice president of Healthcare eBusiness; and director of Strategy, Planning, and Business Development.

A lifelong resident of Utah, Weed and his wife, Annette, have relocated to Maine to experience their first winter in the Northeast. 'Having spent time here on multiple occasions, we are happy to be Maine residents,' Weed said 'I have great respect for EMHSits not-for-profit mission, its leadership, and the system's progressiveness in the industry. I've studied EMHS closely for the past several years and I am thrilled to now be part of it."

Alice Clifford promoted to deputy district attorney

BANGOR- R. Christopher Almy, District Attorney for Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, is pleased to announce the promotion of ADA Alice Clifford to Deputy District Attorney. Clifford has been with the District Attorney's Office for over 26 years. She presently serves on the Governor's Commission on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault as well as the Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel. She is a highly skilled trial attorney and will make an excellent Deputy District Attorney. Clifford is succeeding Michael P. Roberts, who Governor LePage appointed to the bench in December.

Downtown adds Ryan Waning to broadcast

BANGOR The Downtown with Rich Kimball radio show, heard weekdays from 4-6 p.m. on WZON-The Pulse-AM 620, is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Waning to the broadcast team starting on Feb. 1. Waning will join hosts Rich Kimball and Bryan Stackpole every afternoon on the long-running program, which features a guest-driven mix of sports and entertainment.

Waning, a long-time stand-up comedian and University of Maine alum, is no stranger to the airwaves. He has served as guest host, filling in for Kimball whenever he's away broadcasting Black Bear football games, and has been a Friday regular on the the show for nearly two years.

During his time at UMaine, Ryan wrote sports for the AP and was a member of the student radio station's broadcast crew. As a comedian, he got his start in Portland at the now-closed Comedy Connection, entering his first contest there at the age of 14. Since then he has performed hundreds of shows all over the country on some of the most important stages in the business and has opened for acts as diverse as Bob Marley and Doug Stanhope.

"We are beyond thrilled to have Ryan join us full time," said host Rich Kimball. "Everyone knows that Ryan is one of the funniest people in Maine but he also has a tremendous depth of understanding when it comes to sports. Whether it's baseball, basketball, hockey, or his encyclopedic knowledge of CAA football, he'll be a great compliment to the team," Kimball added. "We're also proud of the fact that at a time when some shows are forced to make cutbacks, Downtown is able to continue its growth, thanks to the great support of our sponsors and listeners".

Waning, who resides in Carmel with his wife, Kate, and his two daughters, Addison and Hannah, will also contribute content to the Downtown with Rich Kimball website and assist with the program's expansive social media efforts.

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