UMass Boston is an extraordinary place to study, work and – soon – live, with a rare sense of purpose that binds people together. It deserve an extraordinary leader, and I am dedicated to finding one.
As someone who grew up in a working-class family in Lowell, and whose life was transformed by the opportunity to attend UMass, I am deeply passionate about UMass Boston’s critical mission of access, opportunity and student transformation. Now, as president of the five-campus system, I recognize UMass Boston’s tremendous potential; despite well-documented infrastructure challenges, UMass Boston’s incredible faculty, dedicated staff and inspirational students represent a rock-solid foundation on which we can build for the future.
That’s why we have assembled the most impressive and diverse chancellor search committee in UMass history and brought on Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County and chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, as a consultant to the search. And that’s why I’m personally committed to recruiting potential candidates capable of being a world-class leader for UMass Boston.
The search committee, chaired by Henry M. Thomas III, former chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, includes representatives from UMass Boston faculty, the student body and alumni, as well as representatives from the Board of Trustees, the university system and the community. I thank Chairman Thomas and the search committee for their commitment.
As part of the search process, the committee will host open public forums with campus stakeholders to receive feedback on the qualifications and characteristics considered important in a new chancellor. Updates on the search will be posted on this site, where you can also submit written feedback at any time.
I believe that with the right leadership, UMass Boston is uniquely positioned to achieve unprecedented success — and I promise to do everything in my power to ensure that happens.
Martin T. Meehan ‘78
President, University of Massachusetts