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President’s Biography

President’s Biography

Dr. Rice, a professor of English, has been a member of the University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty for more than 20 years. His leadership roles on campus have included serving as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences, and, since 2014, as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

The University of Maine at Presque is a state and nationally recognized leader in innovation and personalized learning. As UMPI’s academic leader, Dr. Rice has directed the campus pedagogical, curricular, and assessment transition. The New England Board of Higher Education recognized UMPI’s achievements in personalized learning with its 2016 Maine State Merit Award.

Dr. Rice has also overseen the expansion of early college offerings at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone and area secondary schools, and has worked closely with the New England Commision of Higher Education on reaccreditation for UMPI. He has been a key contributor to the One University Initiative, co-chairing the committee that established a General Education Transfer agreement among Maine’s public universities and Maine’s Community Colleges. In addition, he has led UMPI in becoming the first public university in New England to offer a fully accredited, online Competency Based Education Business degree program, UMPI’s YourPace program, which helps adults with some college but no degree to finish their coursework.

Dr. Rice graduated from Dickinson College in 1989 with a B.A. in English and Latin with a secondary school certification. He went on to earn his M.A. in English in 1992 and his Ph.D. in English in 1998, both from the University of Connecticut.