UMass President Search

Search Committee Members

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The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees have established a search committee to conduct a national search for a new president of the University of Massachusetts. 

The search committee is tasked with seeking, encouraging, interviewing and recommending to the Board the strongest possible candidates for the position of President of the University of Massachusetts.

The committee is expected to hold its first meeting in the coming weeks.  The committee is chaired by UMass Board of Trustees Vice Chairman James J. Karam and includes UMass faculty members, trustees, alumni, and business and community leaders.


Chairman of the search Committee:
James J. Karam, UMD '71
President and CEO, First Bristol Corporation
Vice Chair, University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees
Chair, Committee on Administration and Finance


Vice Chairman:
Henry M. Thomas, III
President & CEO
Urban League of Springfield, Inc.
University of Massachusetts Trustee Chair, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs


Michael Carter, PhD
Professor and Chair
Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees
University of Massachusetts Lowell


Mari Castaneda, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Department of Communications,
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Edward W. Collins, Jr.
International Representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
University of Massachusetts Trustee


John A. DiBiaggio, DDS
Past President, Tufts University
Past President, Michigan State University
Past President, University of Connecticut
University of Massachusetts Trustee

Chair, Compensation Committee 

Vice Chair, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs
Vice Chair, University Advancement Committee

Maria D. Furman, UMD '76
Retired Managing Director and Bond Portfolio Manager of Standish Mellon Asset Management
University of Massachusetts Trustee
Chair, Audit Committee


Robyn Hannigan, PhD
Professor and Chair,
Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences,
College of Science and Mathematics
University of Massachusetts Boston


Charles J. Hoff, UML '66
Retired Chairman, CEO and Owner, Universal/Univis Inc.
Director, Hoff Family Partnership
Former UMass Trustee


Philip W. Johnston, UMA '68
President, Philip W. Johnston Associates
University of Massachusetts Trustee
Chair, Committee on Science, Technology & Research
Vice Chair, Governance Committee


Laura King
Student, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Ruben J. King-Shaw Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Mansa Equity Partners Inc.
Vice Chair, University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees
Chair, Governance Committee
Vice Chair, Compensation Committee


Winston Langley, PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston
Professor of Political Science and International Relations


Craig C. Mello, PhD
Nobel Laureate
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School


Kathy Miraglia, EdD, UMA '06
Professor and Chair
Art Education
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Kerri E. Osterhaus-Houle, MD, FACOG, UMW '99
Partner, Women's Health of Central Mass
University of Massachusetts Trustee
Vice Chair, Committee on Science, Technology & Research


S. Paul Reville
Secretary of Education
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Trustee


Mark E. Russell, UML '83, UMA '85
Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance, Raytheon Co.


Robert K. Sheridan
President & CEO, Savings Bank Life Insurance of Massachusetts
Chairman, University of Massachusetts
Building Authority
Former UMass Trustee


Stephen P. Tocco
President and CEO, ML Strategies
University of Massachusetts Trustee


Marcellette G. Williams, PhD
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and International Relations, University of Massachusetts
Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Contact: Robert P. Connolly, 617-548-0238