State job: Commissioner, Department of Administration and Financial Services
University of Maine System job: Vice president, Administration and Finance, University of Maine at Augusta.
Date of appointment: May 2011
Job advertised: Yes
Job search: Yes
Approved by: System Board of Trustees
Educational requirements: A relevant master’s degree, preferably in business or public administration.
Her degrees: Bachelor’s in biology and master’s in health administration from University of Michigan, which states, “The program prepares students for management careers in the unique environment of health care, including careers in health systems, hospital, clinic, and emergency services management.”
Her comment: Declined to comment.
System comment: UMA Director of Internal Relations Bob Stein, who was on the search committee that reviewed candidates for the job, said Schneiter made up for a low score on her educational requirements “with everything else … she flew off the charts with everything except the master’s degree, which she had and we determined was relevant.” UMA President Allyson Handley said Schneiter “has exceeded my expectations. Very bright.”
Background: Schneiter replaced Mirna Kolbowski, a Certified Public Accountant, who had resigned. Kolbowski’s title was chief financial officer, and she was paid $85,000. The upgraded position Schneiter applied for combined two jobs and paid $110,000. The search committee rated a dozen candidates, including Schneiter, as meeting all the qualifications, but cited Schneiter and one other applicant as being preferred, although no reason was given. UMA President Handley selected Schneiter from the two finalists.
Disclaimer: President Handley is a former member of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting board of directors and a donor.