Dr. Jeffery N. Mills Returns to Maine to Head University of Maine Foundation

Dr. Jeffery N. Mills

The University of Maine Foundation Board is pleased to name Jeffery N. Mills, Ph.D., as their new president/CEO, effective July 1, 2012. He succeeds Amos E. Orcutt who is retiring June 30 after serving the Foundation in this capacity for 22 years.

"Based on selection criteria established as we began our national search for a new president/CEO, Dr. Mills represents the total package. Jeff has extensive experience as a nonprofit fundraising and alumni relations leader in higher education," says Ellen Stinson, chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. "For the past seven years he served as vice president of University Advancement at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. He will be returning to familiar territory at the University of Maine where he previously served in the positions of vice president for University Advancement and president/CEO of the Alumni Association. In both of these positions he worked closely with the Foundation where he is already known to staff and many alumni and friends who so generously support the University. I believe Jeff is truly the right person to lead the Foundation and take it to the next level."

Mills is a Maine native who has a B.S. in Social Studies from the University of Maine and an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University. Since 2005, Mills has been vice president for University Advancement at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. While at Monmouth University, Mills was a member of the committee responsible for the investment of the University's $125 million endowment and plant funds. He increased overall fundraising to highest levels in university history, which led to Monmouth University winning the 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising.

Mills was vice president of Advancement at the University of Maine and president/CEO of Maine Alumni Association from 2002 to 2005. He was president/CEO University of Maine Alumni Association and executive director of Annual Fund/Reunion Giving from 1997 to 2005. Mills served in the Maine State Legislature from 1983 to 1993; Maine's youngest state senator at the time. From 1993 to 1997, Mills was director of Constituent Relations and assistant to the vice president of Institutional Advancement at Arizona State, a PAC 12 university.

While at UMaine, Mills managed the enrollment marketing campaign that resulted in the highest entering first year classes in university history; increased overall fundraising to highest levels in university history and co-directed the Alumni House Capital Campaign, which was the largest private fundraising project in UMaine's history. As president/CEO of the University of Maine Alumni Association, Mills directed the university's annual fund, directed the university class reunion giving program and led the Alumni Legislative Advocacy program, which included public passage of a $20 million bond issue in 1998.

"I am delighted to return to my alma mater as president/CEO of the Foundation," says Mills. "Amos Orcutt has built a strong organization that is dedicated to serving the alumni and friends of the University of Maine. I look forward to both the opportunity and the challenge of facilitating the Foundation's continued growth and excellence as we continue to work closely with new UMaine President Paul Ferguson."

President Ferguson commented, "I am so pleased to welcome back Dr. Jeff Mills to Maine in his new role as president/CEO of the UMaine Foundation. Although I had not met Jeff prior to the search process, I was fully aware of his stellar reputation and of his deep love for the University of Maine. I anticipate a great partnership with him and the UMaine Foundation as we continue to develop a strong model for University Advancement in support of our outstanding alumni, friends, students and faculty at the University of Maine."

The University of Maine Foundation is a separate nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that was established in 1934 and has offices on the University of Maine campus in Orono and in Falmouth, Maine. The Foundation exists to encourage private support to promote academic achievement, foster research and elevate intellectual pursuits at the University of Maine in Orono and other charitable organizations and has assets approaching $200 million.