“Because of the hard work that has been done at UMass Boston over the last few years, Dr. Suárez-Orozco is going to hit the ground running with a financial foundation that is much stronger,” said UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Robert J. Manning. “We needed somebody very special to come to UMass Boston and clearly President Meehan and the search committee have found that person.”
Suárez-Orozco, an internationally-renowned educator and researcher whose work focuses on the study of mass migration, globalization and education, said he was honored to become the 9th chancellor of UMass Boston, which was established in 1965 to make the University more accessible to the state’s urban population center.
“It is an extraordinary honor for me, an immigrant from Latin America, who came to this country and was given the extraordinary gift of higher education of the great public university system in the state of California,” said Suárez-Orozco. “I come before you with a promise that as the chancellor of University of Massachusetts Boston, I will endeavor to the best of my abilities to be faithful to the fundamental idea that in public education we find the tools for the flourishing of the youth, young men and women of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
“It’s a new day for UMass Boston and our system,” said Imari K. Paris Jeffries, a member of the Board of Trustees who served on the search committee and a UMass Boston graduate.
“He can bring people together,” said UMass Trustee and UMass Boston alumnus Steven A. Tolman, who also served on the search committee.