Edward Serna, the current president of the University of Maine at Farmington, will be leaving his position to return to his alma mater, Winthrop University out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, beginning in July. Credit: Credit: University of Maine System

University of Maine Farmington President Edward Serna announced he is leaving the school for a new position at his alma mater.

Serna will become the 12th president of Winthrop University out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, beginning in July, the University of Maine System announced Tuesday.

“Edward has been a strategic consensus builder at the University of Maine at Farmington who has successfully led the institution into its most significant academic transformation in nearly two decades,” University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy said. “UMS is fortunate to have had his service for the last three years.”

On March 1, Malloy will visit the University of Maine Farmington to discuss the transition in roles and begin the search for a new president.

“I am incredibly torn. I love UMF, and am proud and honored to have been able to learn from, work within and help lead this community,” Serna said. “However, I have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be invited to lead my alma mater.”