Office of the Provost

Mike Sheldon headshot

Welcome to the Office of the Provost

I am honored to serve as the University of New England’s Interim Provost during this exciting period of transition for the University and serve under the leadership of our new President James Herbert.

I joined the University in 1990 as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy. So much has changed since that time to include the merger with Westbrook College in Portland, the addition of Westbrook College of Health Professions, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Dental Medicine, and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. The Biddeford campus has also undergone significant transformation since that time, including the establishment of a Marine Sciences Center and Center for Biomedical Research, and we now have a campus in Morocco.

One of the things I am most proud of is that the quality of the University’s various programs and offerings has also grown with the increase in size, and UNE is now recognized well beyond the local region. In fact, for the third consecutive year, the University has been included in the Princeton Review's Best 382 Colleges guide. The publication is highly selective, featuring only the top 15 percent of four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Equally important is the fact that UNE has remained true to its core mission of educating students. UNE will always be a student-centered university. We have just embarked on a university-wide planning process, and I am excited to see the strategic direction for the next exciting chapter in UNE’s journey.

Warm regards,

Michael R. Sheldon, PT, Ph.D.