Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 10, 2019
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University of Massachusetts Boston



The President and the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts announce a search for the position of Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), part of a five-campus system that is governed by a President and a 22-member Board of Trustees.

UMass Boston is a public research university with a dynamic culture of research, teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. It is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public research universities, reflected by a student body of more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students and distinction from outlets like The Princeton Review, which recently named UMass Boston to its “Best in the Northeast” list, and U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UMass Boston No. 191 on its “Best National Universities” list.

The University’s 9 colleges or independent schools offers 68 bachelor’s, 49 master’s, and 30 doctoral degree programs. U.S. News & World Report lists six UMass Boston graduate programs among the top 100 in their respective categories. With a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. Research expenditures for fiscal 2018 were over $50 million, with prestigious research partners that include the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, IBM, Sanofi and Genzyme, New England Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo and Boston Public Schools. In the period 2009-2019, UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center has helped launch 102 cutting-edge technology and life sciences startup enterprises.

Located on Boston Harbor, UMass Boston is the metropolitan area’s only public research university. The scenic waterfront campus, with easy access to downtown Boston, occupies more than 120 acres on Harbor Point and is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum, the Commonwealth Museum and Massachusetts State Archives, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. UMass Boston employs approximately 2,600 people, including more than 700 full-time faculty. There are over 110,000 alumni.

At UMass Boston, 60% of undergraduate students and 30% of graduate students are classified as under-represented minorities, making it the most diverse public university in New England. The student body includes more than 3,000 international students with roots in nearly 140 countries and more than half of students speak a language other than English at home, offering a global context for student learning. UMass Boston’s first residence hall opened in fall 2018 and houses 1,077 students.

UMass Boston’s next Chancellor should be an experienced, dynamic leader committed to changing lives and transforming communities. The candidate should be a key strategic influencer with the vision, energy and management skills to overcome challenges and drive the growth of this critical urban university in an increasingly competitive higher education landscape. The candidate should excel at fiscal management and resource development, thrive in a shared governance environment, and be a team player and communicator who can articulate and build support for the University’s unique mission. Candidates from a broad range of leadership backgrounds will be considered.

Additional information about UMass Boston may be found at  Information about the UMass system can be found at

University of Massachusetts Boston has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to:

John Isaacson, Chair

Monroe “Bud” Moseley, Partner

Laura Mariani, Senior Associate

Jenna Sattar Kwiatek, Associate

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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