BANGOR (AP) – University of Maine System Chancellor Richard Pattenaude is recommending a former president of colleges in California and Kentucky for president of the University of Maine at Augusta.

The university trustees will decide Jan. 14th if Allyson Hughes Handley gets the top UMA post. If appointed, she would take over in March. There were two other finalists for the job.

The 60-year-old Handley would succeed Richard Randall in the $137,000 per year post. Randall is retiring.

Handley was president of Midway College in Kentucky from 1998 to 2002, and Cogswell College in California from 2002 to 2003. Handley left Cogswell to serve as postsecondary education adviser to the Kentucky governor.

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