Board of Commissioner Candidate
Public Member Representative
Sandra Featherman, Ph.D., president emeritus of the University of New England, has served as a commissioner and vice-chair of the Commission on Osteopathic Medical College Accreditation and as a commissioner of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Her book on “Higher Education at Risk: Strategies to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Tuition, and Stay Competitive in a Disruptive Environment” was published last year. Her BA, MA, and PhD are from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Featherman previously served as vice chancellor for academic administration at the University of Minnesota/Duluth, and at Temple University as assistant to the president, director of the Center for Public Policy, and president of the Faculty Senate. She serves on the boards of Florida Polytechnic University, the University of Maine Law School Foundation, the Samuel Fels Fund, and the Gulfstream School, and is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Palm Beach Health District. She was chair of the Board of Community College of Philadelphia, chair of the Advisory Board of Duluth Community College, and on the boards of the Maine Community Foundation, the Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine, the Girls Scouts of Maine, and a corporator of the Webber Hospital and the Hospice of Southern Maine.
She has chaired several state commissions in Maine, including the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care. She was President of the Maine Independent Colleges Association, and the Maine Women’s Forum. She also served on the board of the American Association of University Women Education Foundation, and on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Women in Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by the Governor of Pennsylvania, and Administrator of the Year, by Minnesota Women in Higher Education. She has published more than 50 academic publications, and numerous magazine and newspaper articles.