As I complete my first year as President of the University of Maine at Farmington, I continue to be amazed at how special this campus community is. I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting with students, faculty, alumni, board members and members of the greater Farmington community to hear what excites them most about UMF, why they think this is such a remarkable place.
If you’ve been on campus lately, you’ve experienced the wonderful sense of energy and momentum here. I am dedicated to continuing that momentum. This is our time to develop exciting collaborations, to think big, to voice our commitment to the values of our University: empathy, creativity, diversity and innovation – values that are deeply woven into the very fabric of UMF.
As you consider attending the University of Maine at Farmington, I invite you to explore.
Explore different ways of thinking. Explore ways to collaborate with others. Explore academic experiences and topics you may have never considered. Explore new things beyond your ‘normal.’ At Farmington, we pride ourselves on out-of-the-box experiences and interests.
Explore our downtown Farmington neighborhood. Explore our nearby mountain trails, crystal clear rivers and lakes. Attend at least one concert a semester. Take in an art exhibit or student theater production. Catch a varsity or club sport game (Go Beavers!). Better yet, get involved and do those things yourself. Immerse yourself. Grow yourself.
Thank you for your interest in Farmington. I invite you to come visit and explore all we have to offer you. I have a feeling you’ll quickly love it here as much as my family and I do. This is truly a special place.
About President Serna
Dr. Serna has a diverse and accomplished background in business and education that includes leading change management and process re-engineering initiatives in public higher education, large, private-sector enterprises, the U.S. Army and NASA.
His work at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS), an institution with an enrollment of 6,600 students and annual budget of $80 million, has included leading initiatives focused on student success, student retention and data-driven innovation.
His experience includes leading the development of analytical strategies at local, state and national levels, having managed strategic planning, program development, external funding, change management, and process reengineering at public universities as well as with international corporations, the U.S. Army and NASA.
Serna entered the higher education sector in 2007 when he began teaching information systems, and has taught varying information systems and leadership courses for the past 12 years.
At the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, he was engaged in the local community, serving with the regional chambers of commerce, development boards and service activities.
Serna earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama, a Master of Management Information Systems from Auburn University, a Master of Science in Industrial Management from Clemson University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Winthrop University.