UMass Announces New President

The University of Massachusetts, an NEC member, recently announced that its Board has selected a new president for the university system. Former U.S. Representative Martin Meehan will step into his new role on June 30, taking over for out-going president Robert Caret. President Caret, who has served on the NEC board for several years, is returning to his home state of Maryland to run the university system there.

Mr. Meehan is currently the chancellor of UMass Lowell, where he has won accolades for improving the campus, partnering with the business community, and securing critical research funding. In selecting Mr. Meehan, the board indicated that they were impressed with his funding capabilities and his pledge to make diversity a priority. Mr. Meehan said he would work with businesses and private colleges to improve the college. Among the actions he stated as priorities were: building up research, gaining increased external support, developing a financial plan, and commissioning a study on improving the school’s reputation.

School officials were quick to congratulate Mr. Meehan on his new role. Michael Collins, the chancellor of the medical school, said in a statement “He will undoubtedly help guide our great university system to new heights. It has been a privilege to work and to partner with Chancellor Meehan during his tenure as an energetic and visionary leader for UMass Lowell; I have no doubt he will bring his clear vision and unbridled energy to the larger stage of university leadership.”

The New England Council congratulates the University of Massachusetts on its new president and looks forward to working with President Meehan. We also thank Robert Caret for his years of service to the University and his many accomplishments at its helm.

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