State job: Commissioner, Department of Administration and Financial Services
University of Maine System job: Vice chancellor and treasurer
Date of appointment: August 2008
Job advertised: No
Job search: No
Approved by: System Board of Trustees
Education requirements: Master in public administration or Master in Business Administration
Her degree: Master in Public Administration
Her comment: Did not respond to request for comment.
System comment: “Financial instability” and the resignation of the previous CFO were cited as the justification for waiving standard posting and search process, according to Tracy Bigney, chief human resources officer. Joe Wishcamper, chair of the Board of Trustees when Wyke was appointed, said, “Becky was probably the best hire in the system in the 10 years I have been on the board.”
Background: In 2008, Baldacci had nominated Wyke to become CEO of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and leave her state budget job. If she had taken FAME job, her appointment would have expired in 2012, when she would have been subject to replacement by a new governor. When the UMS job came open, she withdrew her nomination and took the system job, which is not subject to gubernatorial appointment. In 2012, she was one of three finalists to be the new chancellor of the System. The job went to James Page.