President Marty Meehan

About Marty Meehan

A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he 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, improving its performance in every sphere of activity, including enrollment, student success, fundraising and auxiliary revenue generation. At his presidential inauguration on November 12, 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 UMass system has reached new heights and achieved historic milestones. As of the 2018-19 academic year, UMass set records in enrollment, research expenditures, financial aid funding and economic impact. In addition, the UMass School of Law, which earned full ABA accreditation under Meehan, saw its first-time bar pass rates rise to 92.6 percent, the fifth highest among all New England law schools.

A Legacy of Service

During his 14 years in Congress, 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. In addition to his degree from UMass Lowell, Meehan earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986.

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.

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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

Visit UMassp.edu to learn more about the University of Massachusetts Office of the President, including links to key departments, executive leadership, policies, and other important information.