Patricia Libby is the Director of the Frederick Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of University of Maine, located in Belfast. In this role she collaborates with Monique LaRocque, Ph.D., Associate Provost, to provide strategic vision and direction for the Center. She oversees all academic programs at the Center: undergraduate, graduate, certificate, non-credit, early college and adult degree completion, as well as educational outreach and conference services. She is responsible for recruitment, academic advising and all student support services. In addition, Patricia oversees the FHC’s technological infrastructure, facility management, scholarship programs, public relations, community outreach and marketing strategies. She serves as liaison to the 600-member Senior College program which utilizes the Hutchinson Center year-round for classes and events. She represents the Center with corporate, political, civic, educational and cultural leaders throughout midcoast Maine.
As part of the Division’s senior leadership team, she collaborates with the Associate Provost and colleagues to expand UMaine’s mission as a land-grant, sea-grant university, creating new and innovative educational programming to meet the needs of students.
Prior to her current position at UMaine, she served as the Center’s Associate Director (2014-2015) and Assistant Director of Academic and Student Services (2013-2014). Before joining the University of Maine in 2011, Patricia was a senior account manager and educator at MBNA, a fortune 500 corporation and General Manager/Vice President of Operations in the auto industry.
Patricia has extensive experience as a community, educational, and civic leader in several roles over the past twenty years, including 12 years as an elected official to the SAD 28 school board, 10 years on the Five-Town- CSD School Board, and 3 years on the Mid-Coast School of Technology Board of Directors, as well as serving on the Children’s House Montessori School Board of Directors. She currently serves her community through her work with the Belfast Rotary Club, Belfast Creative Coalition, Restorative Justice Project of Maine, Penobscot Bay YMCA, and volunteer work supporting midcoast youth programs.
She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maine and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern Maine. In addition, she is a graduate of the Leadership Maine (Omega) Program at Maine Development Foundation and Midcoast Leadership Academy (MLA6).