ORONO — Four finalists for the top job at the University of Maine will begin paying visits to the campus starting this week.

Eleanor “Ellie” Baker, a University of Maine System trustee, announced last week that the list of finalists had been narrowed to four.

The educators are Donald Farish, president at Rowan University in New Jersey; Paul Ferguson, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University; Daniel Julius, vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alaska System of Higher Education; and James Page, CEO of James W. Sewall Co. in Maine.

The finalists are vying to succeed current UMaine President Robert Kennedy, who’s stepping down in June. UMaine’s new president is expected to take over in early July.