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UMass chancellor search committee meets for the first time


A new UMass Amherst chancellor will assume the post at a time when enrollment at universities is declining nationally, and inflation has driven up the cost of a degree beyond what many people can afford, said UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Manning.

The chancellor search committee met for the first time on Tuesday after the Board of Trustees announced last week that it had launched a nationwide search for a new chancellor.

“This is an especially important search process for UMass Amherst as we seek to build on more than a decade of growth and momentum, but also as higher education is confronting a myriad of challenges,” said UMass President Marty Meehan.

Like all universities, UMass Amherst is emerging from a pandemic and also facing “demographic headwinds that require new thinking about retention of enrollment of students and all of the disruption,” Meehan said.

Expectations are high, he said, for all five UMass campuses to “drive upward economic mobility for the people of Massachusetts and fill the commonwealth talent pipeline so that our state remains the top innovation economy in the country.”

The next chancellor will succeed Kumble Subbaswamy, who recently announced that he will be retiring at the end of the coming academic year, following more than a decade of driving growth in quality and impact for the university, UMass officials said.

The 20-member search committee charged with finding his replacement includes faculty, students, alumni, staff, and members of the UMass Board of Trustees. UMass Trustee Victor Woolridge, a UMass Amherst alumnus and current chair of the UMass Building Authority, heads the committee. Laura Haas, dean of the UMass Amherst Manning College of Information & Computer Sciences, is the committee’s vice chair.

Through a series of town hall meetings, the committee will seek input from a wide range of stakeholders, including community leaders, students, faculty, staff and alumni by the fall to assess the university’s strengths and challenges, and to decide what UMass Amherst needs in the next chancellor, said John Isaacson, founder of Isaacon, Miller, the national executive search firm the university hired.

Then the committee will develop a pool of finalists to submit to UMass President Marty Meehan, who will then make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

Updates on the search and opportunities for feedback throughout the process will be available at



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