Marty Meehan, the 27th president, is the 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 the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he led the campus in its rise to top-tier national university status, improving its performance in every sphere of activity.
During the first year of his presidency, the UMass system reached record highs in enrollment of almost 74,000 students and research expenditures of $629 million. The UMass Foundation, in part based on President Meehan’s recommendation, became the first public university system in the nation to vote to divest direct investments in fossil fuels from the university’s endowment.
President 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 and directed that funds be transferred to an educational foundation and that a $1 million scholarship donation be made to his alma mater, UMass Lowell.
During his 14 years in Congress, President 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.
At his presidential inauguration on November 12, 2015, President 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.”Read President Meehan's full biography here.