Jason Bolton

Associate Dean
5741 Libby Hall, Room 102A
Orono, ME 04469

Telephone: 207.581.1366
Email: jason.bolton@maine.edu

Dr. Bolton is responsible for the coordination and integration of Extension programs that address timely issues such as: improving the productivity, sustainability, and profitability of the state’s diverse agriculture and aquaculture industries; promoting a safe, secure, and nutritious food supply; increasing environmental stewardship; strengthening positive youth development through 4-H programming; and developing new programs that build individual and community capacities. The Associate Dean serves as a core member of the UMaine Extension leadership team and is responsible for setting and achieving goals that fulfill Extension’s mission and align with the strategic priorities of the university. In addition, the associate dean will serve as the point person for many of Extension’s Maine Jobs and Recover Plan projects, as well as many funded projects from federal spending bills. Dr. Bolton serves as the Program Leader for the food and nutrition programs.

He is the area coordinator of the Innovation program at the Maine Business School, where he teaches courses on systems thinking, idea creation, problem-solving, and communication. Dr. Bolton was formerly the University of Maine Food Safety Specialist, where he worked with food/beverage companies in Maine/U.S./Internationally on facility design, HACCP, thermal process validation, and regulation interpretation. He continues to teach international food safety courses.


  • Ph.D., Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Maine (2012)
    Dissertation Title: Development of Analytical Quality Control Methods for Peppers, Lobster Hemolymph and Ace Mannan in Aloe
  • M.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Maine (2008)
    Thesis Title: Spectroscopic analysis of hemolymph and hemocyanin from the American Lobster, Homarus americanus
  • B.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Maine (2006)