Dannel Malloy, the longtime mayor of Stamford and former governor of the state of Connecticut, was introduced as the 13th chancellor of the University of Maine System.
Malloy will take over for the retiring Dr. James Page, who was the first University of Maine System chancellor to be born in Maine and to have been educated at one of the system's universities.
The former Connecticut lawmaker looks forward to making education his full time job
"This is a dream" said Malloy during his introduction in Orono on Thursday. "I have been an adjunct professor for 12 years, I was the Jerome Rappaport distinguished visiting professor at Boston College this last semester, so really throwing myself, the entirety of myself into the academic arena is a very exciting opportunity"
When questioned about taking time off after leaving the governor's office, Malloy says if he's not in motion, he's not particularly happy...and he plans to be a very visible and accessible chancellor.
"I took time off...I was out of office on the ninth at 12 noon" Malloy said, "and I started teaching on the 16th of January, that's a respite...right"??
Chancellor designate Malloy will assume the office on Monday July 1st.