PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) – The board of trustees of the Maine Community College System (MCCS) voted unanimously on Thursday to confirm Dr Betsy Libby as the next president of Central Maine Community College in Auburn.
Libby has been the Acting President of the CMCC since last September.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the next president of Central Maine Community College,” Libby said Thursday after the vote. “It’s a very dynamic period for the college. We increasingly strive to provide students with better opportunities to pursue careers in demand.
“The CMCC has a long history of providing an excellent educational experience with strong academic programs that meet the needs of industry. I look forward to working with the wonderful team of CMCC colleagues to further position the college as a catalyst for economic development in the region and throughout the state, ”she said.
Libby has been with CMCC since 2006. In addition to being Interim President, she has served as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Student Services, Director of Admissions and Adjunct Faculty Member.
MCCS President David Daigler recommended Libby for the job after a nationwide search attracted 30 applicants. The finalists made in-person presentations to the CMCC in August, and the search committee sought input from the CMCC community.
The research committee included two representatives from the MEA Faculty unit, and one representative each from the MEA Administrators unit, the Confidential Employees unit and the MSEA Supervisors and Support units. The committee also included representatives from the board of trustees, the student body, system presidents and the college foundation.
The committee recommended the finalists to President Daigler, who forwarded his recommendation to the full board.
“Betsy Libby is a strong, talented and deeply engaged leader on campus. His efforts during the pandemic were particularly noteworthy. She has demonstrated her ability to deal with difficult situations in a thoughtful and compassionate manner, with a positive attitude. It is strategic and efficient, prioritizing the students, faculty and staff of the CMCC. I am very happy that the board has confirmed my recommendation, ”said Daigler.
Prior to working at CMCC, Libby held administrative positions at the State University of New York in Canton. At the CMCC, she has been deeply involved in strategic planning and the development of recruitment and enrollment management strategies.
“On behalf of the research committee, I would like to thank Betsy Libby for sharing her vision for college. It is an important role at a critical time. She is a confident and collaborative leader, with great knowledge and appreciation for the important role of the CMCC in the community, ”said Administrator Peter DelGreco, who chaired the CMCC Presidential Research Committee. “I also want to thank the many members of the community who shared their thoughts and provided their feedback on the candidates. This community contribution was vital in helping us provide important information to President Daigler on the finalists. “
Libby holds a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona; a master’s degree in public relations from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maine at Orono.
Libby is also actively involved in several professional and community organizations. She is a member of the Regional Leaders’ Roundtable of the Metro Lewiston Auburn Chamber of Commerce and served three two-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Metro LA Chamber of Commerce, including one term of office as chair of the education workforce committee. She lives in Gray with her husband and two teenage sons.
Libby succeeds Dr Scott Knapp, who retired in 2020.
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