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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- UMaine System's Board of Trustees voted Paul Ferguson from Southern Illinois University as its choice to lead the University of Maine.
University of Maine System trustees voted Monday on the selection of Ferguson to lead the system's flagship university in Orono. He will be paid $250,000 a year on a two-year contract.
Ferguson currently serves as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University. He's also a professor of pharmacology and toxicology.
University Chancellor Richard Pattenaude says Ferguson's experience in research and in raising money for universities will be an assett to UMaine.
The three other finalists were Donald Farish, president at Rowan University in New Jersey; Daniel Julius, vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alaska System of Higher Education; and James Page, CEO of James W. Sewall Co. in Maine.
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