ORONO – John N. Diamond, the president and CEO of the University of Maine Alumni Association, has announced his plans to retire at the end of June following seven years as head of the 110,000-member not-for-profit organization.

As the Association’s leader, Diamond directs efforts to engage alumni and advocate for public and private support for UMaine.

The 67-year-old Bangor native and Blue Hill resident has worked for and on behalf of UMaine in several capacities over three decades, starting in 1989 as a faculty member in the university’s journalism department. In 1992 he was appointed UMaine’s director of public affairs, a position he held for 10 years. He became the University of Maine System’s executive director of external affairs in 2002.

In 2010, Diamond, the former majority leader of the Maine House of Representatives, left Maine to become the University of Arkansas’s associate vice chancellor for university relations. In 2014 he became associate vice president for external relations and strategic communications for the University of Wisconsin System.

Diamond, a Black Bear alumnus, began his tenure as the Alumni Association’s president in 2015. In 2018 he received the national Marvin “Swede” Johnson Award, considered the highest honor in the professional field of higher education advocacy. The award is bestowed annually by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the American Association of State Universities and Colleges, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

“John is a great leader and leaves big shoes to fill,” said Julia Munsey, past chair of the Alumni Association’s board of directors. She is leading the search committee assigned to identify Diamond’s successor. KMA Human Resources Consulting of Falmouth is assisting the committee.

“We are committed to finding the next great leader for the future of the UMaine Alumni Association and continuing our work on behalf of the University of Maine, UMaine Foundation, and our 110,000 alumni worldwide,” she added.

More information about the job opportunity may be found at https://tinyurl.com/46mppzbu.