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University of Maine President Paul Ferguson is leaving to become president of Ball State University. NEWS CENTER

Orono, MAINE (NEWSCENTER) -- University of Maine President Paul Ferguson is leaving after three years with the school.

Ferguson oversaw the development and implementation of the Blue Sky Plan, a plan designed to grow enrollment and increase student success in the coming years. Ferguson will become President at Ball State University in Indiana effective August first. The University of Maine is still in the early stages of finding a replacement for Ferguson.

"The first steps are to reach out to the university community, talk to faculty, faculty leadership, the administrative leadership, stake holders for the university, our advisory boards to gather information on at this point in time, what are we looking for in terms of a leader, what are we looking for in terms of a transition leader," University of Maine Provost Jeff Hecker said. "He has told me that he wants to move quickly, and I was pleased by that, so I think the plans will unfold over the next month to six weeks."

The move to Ball State will be a return to the mid-west for Ferguson, before coming to Maine he was a professor and administrator at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

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