By Noel K. Gallagher
ORONO — The University of Maine System board of trustees endorsed adding the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine to a proposed graduate center that was initially planned for just business and law programs, officials said Sunday.
The trustees, meeting on the University of Maine campus in Orono, did not take a formal vote but they agree with the idea, Chancellor James Page said after a presentation by Eliot Cutler, who is leading the effort to develop a business plan for the center.
“It is meaningful enlargement” of the initial proposal, Page said.
The proposed school would be located in Portland and house the University of Maine School of Law, the graduate business programs that now operate at USM and UMaine in Orono, and the graduate programs in public health and in public policy and management that now operate at the Muskie school. It also would house the Cutler Institute for Health and Policy, which is the research arm of USM and part of the Muskie school on the Portland campus. Continue reading