Richard E. Farmer of Yarmouth has been named president of the Maine College of Health Professions (MCHP). Farmer has some 40 years of experience as an educator, having served in roles ranging from teacher to executive leadership. Prior to beginning his work at MCHP in Lewiston, he was president of Sanford-Brown College, an allied health educational institution in Boston.
A graduate of St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Farmer was later awarded a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. He earned a doctor of education degree in humanistic studies and psychology from Boston University.
His work in education has extended from the hands-on teaching-learning environment to organizational development and strategic planning. He has significant experiences with the licensure, regulatory and accreditation environments.
Farmer’s professional background includes serving as president of McIntosh College in Dover, NH, vice president in several capacities at Gibbs College in Norwalk, CT, executive vice president at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH, and associate vice president at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL.
He has also served in administrative roles at Providence College in Providence, RI and at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. His teaching experience includes work at the University of New Haven in New Haven, CT and Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, MA.
Farmer has worked in key roles to establish clinical education relationships between health professions education programs and medical centers in the greater Boston area, including Massachusetts General Hospital. He has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles, textbook chapters, and papers on a variety of topics, including law enforcement public policy.
Farmer succeeds Susan Baltrus as president of the Maine College of Health Professions. Baltrus retired recently after working as a nurse and nurse educator for some 40 years.
The Maine College of Health Professions was established as the Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in 1891. The college presently offers associate degree programs in nursing, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology.