President Meehan's Speeches

March 5, 2018


Thank you, Rob, for that introduction.

There is no one more dedicated to ensuring a bright future for UMass and our students than Rob Manning.

His vision, experience and guidance are invaluable to all of us.

Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Senate President Chandler, Speaker DeLeo, Secretary Peyser, members of the legislature, trustees, and former trustees, business leaders, alumni and friends, thank you for your support of UMass.

March 6, 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you to Rob Manning for that introduction. Rob’s devotion to the University of Massachusetts is unparalleled. Rob, we salute you.

I know that everyone in this room has something in common with Rob, and that’s a love of UMass.

Governor Charlie Baker, we are honored by your presence. The Governor established a scholarship at UMass, honoring his grandfather by ensuring that deserving students have access to a world-class education.

June 25, 2016

President Horner, members of the Board of Trustees, distinguished faculty, graduates, family and friends – it is a privilege to be here, on this beautiful campus and to be back in your beautiful country. 
Thank you for your kind invitation and for this honor.When I was here in Athens two years ago, the Greek economy was truly struggling and teetering on brink of disaster. 
The future looked bleak – and there was even a chance your country would leave the EU.

May 16, 2016

Chancellor … Dean Bilek … distinguished members of the faculty … Trustees … honorees, guests and students.

As President, as a UMass graduate, and as a fellow lawyer, I congratulate you and welcome you into this most noble of professions.

November 12, 2015

I am pleased to be formally accepting the presidency of the University of Massachusetts here at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on the campus of UMass Boston.

This location is particularly special to me: because of Senator Kennedy’s work in many areas, including education, because of what he meant to me personally and because of what this peninsula represents in symbolic and in very tangible terms.

October 28, 2015

Good morning, I’m delighted to be with you … and I appreciate this invitation to address the Chamber’s Government Affairs Forum.

Let me thank Miceal Chamberlain of Bank of America for those kind words of introduction.

And, I’d like to express my appreciation to Jim Rooney for inviting me to speak this morning.

We’re both the “new guys,” so we have to stick together.