President Caret offers views on UMass role in South Coast economic development, Dartmouth chancellor search
ACUSHNET, MA - UMass President Robert L. Caret expressed his unwavering commitment today to the academic and economic needs of the South Coast, saying it was a hallmark of outgoing UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack's tenure and part of the legacy she will pass on to her successor.
In remarks to the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce's Good Morning Southcoast breakfast, President Caret listed the myriad ways in which UMass has enhanced the economic, social, and cultural life of the area - from establishing the School of Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford to chart and preserve the area's marine environments to creating the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River to link University laboratories with fledgling technology firms to grow jobs in the innovation economy.
President Caret said the University was making substantial progress in finding a replacement for Chancellor MacCormack, who has led the UMass Dartmouth campus since 1999 and is retiring. He said he expects the next chancellor to be just as energetic and committed as she to cultivating partnerships with business and civic leaders to help shape economic development in southeastern Massachusetts.
``While I can't say who the next chancellor will be, I can say he or she will continue the legacy of collaboration that Chancellor MacCormack and UMass Dartmouth have woven into the fabric of this region,'' President Caret said. ``They have set the bar high in their commitment to the South Coast community, and I think it's critical that the next chancellor shares that commitment.''
``For cities and towns like New Bedford, Fall River, and Dartmouth to achieve a bright future, they need a strong and vital University of Massachusetts. The University's mission obviously commits us to excellent teaching and innovative research,'' President Caret said. ``But the public mission also obligates UMass to serve the Commonwealth in other meaningful ways - economic development and workforce development are two important ways in which we bring that mission to life.''
To that end, President Caret said UMass will continue working with industry and government leaders on the South Coast to, among other things:
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