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Dr. Elizabeth True Joins Maine Maritime Academy as VP for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management


CASTINE, Maine - Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) President, Dr. William J. Brennan, is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth True has joined the MMA community as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Elizabeth will collaborate with the senior leadership team and will be responsible for student recruitment and retention as well as all aspects of student co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. She will oversee athletics, student services, the regiment of midshipmen, admissions and financial aid for MMA students.

“We are fortunate to have Liz join our staff in this critical role,” said Dr. Brennan. “Our students will benefit greatly from her leadership and experience, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Academy family.”

Elizabeth is a native Mainer, born at Castine Hospital. Her father, Rev. Dale True, served the churches of Brooksville as a student minister at Bangor Seminary. Elizabeth grew up in New Hampshire and returned to Brooksville each summer. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in American Studies, she returned to Maine to teach at Hyde School in Bath. She then earned a graduate degree in Counselor Education from the University of Maine. Her only foray outside New England was a three-year stint working at Cornell University in upstate New York, after which she returned to her roots—this time to Vermont—where she served Castleton State College as the Director of Residence Life and Associate Dean for Campus Life. After earning her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont, Elizabeth moved to Massachusetts to work for Mount Ida College where she served for fifteen years, first as the Dean of Students and then as Vice President for Student Affairs.

Elizabeth has held leadership roles in professional organizations including the American Council of Education National Network of Women Leaders in both Vermont and Massachusetts. She led the Vermont College Student Personnel Association as state president and served as the Senior Student Affairs Officer liaison to the Massachusetts Advisory Board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). As a member of the New England Research Center for Higher Education Student Affairs Think Tank, she worked with other N.E. senior student affairs officers to address current issues and research in higher education.

In the community, Elizabeth has served as a mentor for pre-adoptive families for Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange and the Home for Little Wanderers and as a volunteer on the Rape Crisis Line for the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter. As an active member of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, MA, Elizabeth chaired the Worship Committee, taught religious education and served on the Stewardship Committee. She is eager to become a more active volunteer in Friends of Acadia, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Abbe Museum. Elizabeth is the proud parent of a teen daughter, Mikayla, who will work as a Counselor in Leadership Training at Nichols Day Camp this summer.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. For more information, visit

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