Author Profile

Raymond Rice | Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Maine at Presque Isle

Current Position and Past Experience
Raymond J. Rice is the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at University of Maine at Presque Isle (as of July 1, 2014). Prior to this, Rice served as the interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Rice is also a Professor of English at the University, a position he has held since 1997.

Rice has been a co-chair and member in multiple University of Maine System committees, including General Education Task Force, Distance Education Task Force and Teaching through Technology Task Force. Rice also served as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2014.

Rice was the director of Project Compass -- a Nellie Mae Foundation-funded retention and graduation initiative focusing on Native American student higher education attainment -- from 2010 to 2013. He was president of the UMPI chapter of the Associated Faculty of the University of Maine System from 2003 to 2007 and Director of the Honors Program from 1996 to 2006.

Prior to joining UMPI, Rice was an instructor at Three Rivers Community-Technical College in Norwich, Connecticut. He was also an English and Latin Instructor at Middletown Area High School and Redlands Area High School, both in Pennsylvania.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Rice completed his BA at Dickinson College in 1989 in English and Latin, with Secondary Education Certification in both areas. In 1993, he received his MA in English from the University of Connecticut. In 1998, he earned his PhD in English at the University of Connecticut.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Rice enjoys mountain biking in the summer and snow shoe hiking in the winter in Aroostook County, Maine, with or without his spouse and 16 year old son or 3 year old daughter. His favorite musical piece to enjoy with a glass of pinot noir is Brahms’ Second String Quintet.