Marty Meehan is the 27th president and first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.
A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he was elected to the presidency after eight successful years as chancellor of his alma mater, UMass Lowell, during which he led the university to top-tier national status, improving its performance in every sphere of activity, including enrollment, student success, fundraising and auxiliary revenue generation.
At his presidential inauguration on November 12, 2015, Meehan pledged to fight for UMass, which he called “the most important institution in Massachusetts in the critical areas of social mobility and economic growth.“
Meehan made raising money for scholarships the centerpiece of his inauguration and generated $1.7 million for scholarship funds on all five campuses. He also closed his congressional campaign committee, transferring its funds to an educational foundation and making a $1 million scholarship donation to his alma mater, UMass Lowell.
Under Meehan’s leadership and with his support and advocacy, the UMass system has reached new heights and achieved historic milestones. During the 2016-17 academic year UMass set records in enrollment, research expenditures, financial aid funding and economic impact. In addition, the UMass School of Law earned full accreditation from the American Bar Association and UMass became the first public university system in the nation to divest its direct investments in fossil fuels from the university’s endowment as a climate change initiative.
During his 14 years in Congress, Meehan served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees and established a national reputation for his legislative leadership. He won praise for his efforts to protect the public from the health risks of tobacco, and he was a central figure in campaign finance reform.
In addition to his degree from UMass Lowell, Meehan earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986.