A top executive at the National Science Foundation and leading science, technology, engineering and math expert has been named president of the University of Maine. Joan Ferrini-Mundy was selected after a national search, and succeeds Susan Hunter, who is retiring. Ferrini-Mundy takes the reins at the flagship Orono campus as state and higher education officials are increasingly focused on making sure schools are preparing students for workforce shortages in Maine in the STEM fields, particularly engineering and computer science. The institutions are also expanding nursing programs for the same reason. Read More.