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President's Biography

Dr. Linda Schott grew up on a cattle ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  After graduating from Bandera High School she attended Baylor University and received a B.A. in history and German in 1979.  She then attended Stanford University, earning an M.A. in History in 1982 and a Ph.D. in History and Humanities in 1986.  Dr. Schott returned to Texas to begin her teaching career, working first at Texas State University, then at Texas Lutheran University, and then at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she was an assistant and associate professor of history and American Studies as well as the Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Gender.  In 2003, Dr. Schott moved to Eastern Michigan University as Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.  In 2006 she became head of the Department of History and Philosophy as well as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  In 2008, Dr. Schott began serving as the Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  In 2012, Dr. Schott moved to Presque Isle, Maine as the eleventh president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Dr. Schott is a specialist in intellectual history and the history of women in the United States.  She has published several articles on women in Texas and in the peace movement and is also the author of Reconstructing Women’s Thoughts: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1941, published by Stanford University Press in 1997. 

Dr. Schott is married to Thomas Fuhrmark and is the mother of four children: Decker, 23, who lives in Michigan; and Jack, Michael and Virginia who reside with her and Tom at the President’s House on the UMPI campus.  Dr. Schott enjoys hiking and camping with her family and relaxing at home with the family’s dog Zora, and their four cats, Pouncer, Squeaky, Callie, and Honey.