President Marty Meehan

About Marty Meehan

A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Meehan 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 and improved its performance in every sphere of activity, including enrollment, student success, fundraising and auxiliary revenue generation.

Meehan has an abiding belief in public higher education's power to transform lives. At his presidential inauguration in November 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."


We share a belief that an individual should be able to rise as high as their ambitions will take them, a belief that where you come from should not dictate where you go, and a belief that we have a responsibility to create pathways of opportunity for students from all backgrounds.” President Marty Meehan

A Commitment to Excellence

Under Meehan's leadership, and with his support and advocacy, the University of Massachusetts has reached new heights and achieved historic milestones, setting records in enrollment, research expenditures, financial aid funding and economic impact while attaining new levels of academic excellence. As of 2017–18 academic year:

  • Enrollment surpassed a record 74,500 students

  • Research expenditures have risen to a high of $660 million

  • Financial aid funding has climbed to $329 million, increasing 46 percent in five years

  • The university’s statewide annual economic impact is measured at a record $6.2 billion

  • For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked all four UMass undergraduate campuses in the top tier of national universities, making UMass one of the few university systems in the nation with that distinction

  • Reuters has named UMass one of the world’s most innovative universities for four years in a row

Additionally, during Meehan's tenure, UMass Law School 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.

State of the University 2019

In his 2019 State of the University address, UMass President Marty Meehan announced plans to create an online college for adult learners.


Marty Meehan Biography

From the U.S. Congress to the University of Massachusetts, Marty Meehan has been a force for change within the Commonwealth.

Office of the President Online

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