Chancellor of UMass Lowell

Martin T. Meehan

Marty Meehan is the second chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 15th leader of the institution, founded in the 1890s as the Lowell Normal and Lowell Textile schools.

Since assuming the chancellorship in 2007, Meehan has propelled UMass Lowell forward by every important measure of higher education. The institution has achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention, research and scholarship funding.

While strongly focusing on academics and student success, Meehan has made access, affordability and diversity a keystone of his vision to raise UMass Lowell’s image and impact on the region.

Meehan has sought innovative and entrepreneurial means to obtain resources. Understanding that philanthropic support is vital to sustain the progress that has been made, the chancellor has overseen the largest fundraising years in the history of the institution culminating with a record total of $20.6 million raised in FY14. Over the last six years, the university has secured a total of $93 million in total from fundraising efforts.

Campus Transformer

Under Chancellor Meehan’s leadership, UMass Lowell’s campus has undergone a stunning physical transformation with new academic buildings and residence halls, upgraded academic and research facilities, and enhanced student activity spaces – a total of 10 buildings opened in five years. In 2009, the University purchased an underused downtown hotel and converted it into the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, providing housing for 500 students as well as conference space and lodging for the community.

In 2010, the University acquired the 6,500-seat Tsongas Arena (now the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell) and also assumed management of the UMass Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse, home to university, local and community rowing programs.

Two new academic buildings—the first in 35 years—have been constructed. The Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center on North Campus opened in October 2012 as the hub of industry partnerships, including Raytheon Corporation, and new manufacturing technologies. The Health and Social Sciences Building on South Campus, which houses classrooms and laboratories, opened in Spring 2013.

Two new residence halls opened in Fall 2013, University Suites on East Campus and Riverview Suites near South Campus, bringing nearly 1,000 new beds online. University Crossing, a $95 million complex that bridges the three campuses and enriches the student experience with easy access to services, activities, the River Hawk Shop bookstore and Crossroads Cafe, opened in Fall 2014.

Ground was broken on the Pulichino Tong Business Building in Spring 2014, which will house the Manning School of Business.

Academic Achiever

External validation proves that the campus is on the right track. U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Lowell No. 156 in the National Universities Rankings, and its 27-spot climb over four years from No. 183 is tied for the second-fastest in the nation. UMass Lowell is also ranked among the top 85 public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Forbes ranks UMass Lowell as one of the top 650 undergraduate institutions in the country. Military Times named UMass Lowell “Best for Vets” in its 2014 college rankings.

UMass Lowell has been named for four years to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll due to the many service-learning and partnership initiatives. The university is also listed in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Community Engagement Classification – Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) presented Meehan with the 2014 President of the Year Award at the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration and conference. ACUI is the nation’s largest association of collegiate student affairs professionals. He was honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the annual District I program in 2012 with the Chief Executive Leadership Award, established to honor institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts promoting public understanding of education and for support of advancement at their campuses.

Meehan was named by Irish Voice Magazine in 2009 and 2012 as one of the top 100 Irish Americans in positions of leadership in higher education in the United States.

Congressional Reformer

Marty Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. He served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Widely respected as a reformer, he established a national reputation for his legislative leadership in transforming campaign finance laws and protecting people against the health risks in tobacco use.

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. He holds honorary degrees from Suffolk University, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Israel.

Meehan is on the board of directors at Sage Bank (formerly Lowell Cooperative Bank), board of trustees at Natixis Global Asset Management as well as the board of governors at Lowell General Hospital. Previously, he served on the board of directors of Qteros (formerly SunEthanol) and D’Youville Foundation and was a member of the board of trustees of Suffolk University. In addition to his professional interests, Meehan is an avid sports fan and supporter. While he enjoys cheering on the River Hawks, his favorite professional team is the New England Patriots.
Meehan is married to Ellen T. Murphy, a health-care consultant and former vice president at Lawrence General Hospital. They are the parents of Robert Francis and Daniel Martin Meehan.
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