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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- UMaine at Machias President Cynthia Huggins will retire at the end of December 2014, said University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page Thursday.

President Huggins has led the university since 2005 and has worked on campus since 1997, when she joined as an Assistant English Professor. She also was UMM's Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs briefly.

Huggins announced her retirement plans during her welcome back speech to university employees Thursday. She said she plans to join the editing business her life partner owns and finish writing a book.

Huggins worked to establish an Environmental Liberal Arts focus at UMM, making it the only public college with the focus in New England. UMM has reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 44 percent. She also helped expand UMM's Early College Program, which allows high school students to complete up to 24 UMM credit hours with a 50 percent tuition reduction.

Chancellor Page said he will work with President Huggins and her team to develop a leadership plan for the university.

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