PORTLAND — The Mitchell Institute, a Maine non-profit founded by Senator George J. Mitchell with the goal of improving college outcomes for Maine students, has appointed Jared J. Cash as the new president and chief executive officer of the organization effective January 1, 2022.

Cash replaces Meg Baxter who announced her plans to retire earlier this year after. Baxter led the Mitchell Institute for 10 years, capping a distinguished career in non-profit service.

Jared Cash of Norway has just been named President and CEO of the Mitchel Institute in Portland. Supplied photo

Cash, who serves on SAD 17’s School Board as vice-chairman, brings nearly 20 years of experience from various positions supporting education and student advancement. He currently serves as vice president of Enrollment and Marketing at the University of Southern Maine.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jared as the new leader of the Mitchell Institute,” said Senator George J. Mitchell, founder and honorary chair of the Institute Board. “His deep commitment to Maine and its students, extensive knowledge of the education landscape, and strong belief in our mission makes him the right person to continue the success of the organization in supporting scholars and improving communities.”

Prior to his position at USM, Cash was vice president at the University of Maine at Farmington. He also previously held positions as scholarship director at the Mitchell Institute and in the Admissions Department of Bates College. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College and a Masters in Education from Northeastern University. He resides in his hometown of Norway, with his wife Mallory Brooke and his children, Carlee-Mae and Alyson.

Chris Pierce, chair of the Mitchell Institute Board commented, “Jared Cash is a great fit for the organization today. He understands the culture and the mission and is committed to maintaining the strategic direction which has allowed the organization to support more that 3,000 scholars over the past 25 years. We are delighted that Jared will be our next president and CEO and look forward to him building upon the strong foundation at the Mitchell Institute.”

Cash noted that he is excited to further enhance the legacy of transforming Maine communities by investing in Mitchell Scholars. He stated, “Senator Mitchell’s vision to lift aspirations and achievement in every community across Maine resonates deeply with me as a first generation college graduate.

“More than future leaders, Mitchell Scholars achieve social mobility by virtue of their talent, hard work, and engagement in higher education. It is an honor for me to be entrusted with the responsibility to lead this strong organization into the future.”

Cash’s appointment follows an extensive national search process that began earlier this year and was led by Greenwich Harbor Partners.

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