Top Baldacci financial adviser to take job at UMF

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FARMINGTON — Maine’s current finance commissioner who was the primary architect of the state budget is leaving his post in July to take a job overseeing the budget and all business affairs at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Ryan Low, who has been commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services since 2008, will become vice-president of administration at the UMF, according to both the university and Gov. John Baldacci’s office.

Low served two years as Baldacci’s deputy chief of staff as well as the state budget officer and associate commissioner in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

The university position has been held by William W. Geller, who is retiring as of June 30 after 33 years at the school. Geller served as vice-president for student affairs, assistant to the president and grant coordinator, executive director of educational services, interim provost, executive director for educational services, vice-president for student and community services, and interim director of admissions.

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“Bill has done a wonderful job for UMF, no matter what his position title happened to be,” said President Theodora J. Kalikow in a release. “He has been a mentor to many generations of UMF students, a supportive colleague, a creative and organized thinker who helped shape UMF, and a most trusted and respected advisor for me during my entire presidential term.”

Low’s responsibilities have included oversight of state facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology and Maine Revenue Services. He also took the lead in implementing The American Recovery Act, according toBaldacci’s office.

“Ryan has done an incredible job during one of the most difficult economic times in a generation,” Baldacci said. “He is one of my closest advisers, and his patience and wisdom will be missed.”

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