UMass Boston Names Finalist in Search for Next Leader

Council member the University of Massachusetts (UMass) announced on Tuesday that it had selected a sole finalist to be the next leader of its Boston campus.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, an Argentine immigrant who worked as a janitor and rose to become dean of the University of California Los Angeles’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, was chosen unanimously among almost 400 candidates by a search committee. Suárez-Orozco formerly served as an education professor at Harvard University, where he and his wife cofounded the Harvard Immigration Project in 1997, contributing to his academic body of work on immigration and education. Because UMass Boston is the university system’s most diverse, Suárez-Orozco’s selection comes as the university works to fulfill its mission to help first-generation and low-income students.

“This candidate reflects a new day for UMass Boston,” said Jeffrey Sanchez, a former state representative from Boston who was on the search committee, calling Suárez-Orozco a “transformational leader.”

The Council congratulates UMass on selecting a new leader who we hope will work to better the community. Read more in the Boston Globe.

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