Susan J. Hunter was named the 20th President of the University of Maine on July 7, 2014. On July 1, 2017, she also became President of the University of Maine at Machias, now a regional campus of UMaine.
She began her full-time career at the University of Maine in 1991 as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. Hunter is a cell biologist whose research focused on structural and functional aspects of bone cell biology.
Her administrative positions included Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and five years as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Just prior to her appointment as UMaine’s first woman president, Hunter served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Maine System.
University of Maine achievements under Susan J. Hunter’s leadership include advances in enrollment, fundraising, and advocacy and partnerships.
Hunter received a bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in physiology from Pennsylvania State University, and did postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University and Pennsylvania State University.
She received an Honorary Doctor of Science from James Madison University in December 2017 and an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Husson University in May 2018.