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Martin T. Meehan, the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts, is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus system. He was elected president after eight successful years as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he led the campus on its rise to top-tier national university status, improving its performance in every sphere of activity.
President Meehan is passionate about public higher education’s power to transform lives and believes that the University of Massachusetts drives social and economic progress in the Commonwealth.
A former member of Congress, President Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. He also served as Massachusetts' deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations and was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County.
President Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986.