November 28, 2017


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 growing 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 for the third consecutive year, and U.S. News & World Report, which ranks UMass Boston No. 109 among public universities.

The University’s 11 Colleges and Graduate Schools offer 81 bachelor’s, undergraduate certificates, and post-baccalaureate certificate, 30 Doctoral, and 101 master’s, post-master’s and graduate certificate (including CAGS). U.S. News & World Report lists six UMass Boston graduate programs among the top 100 in their respective categories. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. Research expenditures for fiscal 2016 hit a record $64.2 million, with prestigious research partners that include the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, IBM, Sanofi and Genzyme, New England Aquarium and Boston Public Schools. UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center has helped launch 35 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 has an annual economic impact of $1.09 billion and employs 2,600 people, including more than 700 full-time faculty. There are nearly 83,000 alumni.

At UMass Boston, 57 percent of undergraduates are students of color, making it the most diverse public university in New England. These students have roots in nearly 150 countries and speak more than 70 different languages, offering a global context for student learning. UMass Boston’s first residence hall, which will house roughly 1,000 students, is on track to open next fall.

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 www.umb.edu. Information about the UMass system can be found at www.massachusetts.edu.

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, Vice President
Joseph Keller, 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.