||by Som Seng-Tiarks
Senior Director of Marketing
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
UMassOnline is thrilled to see the recent appointment of Martin T. Meehan as the next president of the five-campus, 73,000-student UMass system. The Board of Trustees unanimously selected Chancellor Meehan, who has served as the Chancellor of his alma mater, UMass Lowell, for the past eight years and has guided the school to a remarkable rise in rankings with the US News & World Report.
Under his leadership, UMass Lowell has seen a four-year, 27-spot rise to 156th, which is tied for the second-fastest increase in the country. It is currently ranked 84th among all public universities. Additionally, since taking over as Chancellor, UMass Lowell has had record enrollment growth and student retention rates, and the campus has been revitalized by a series of new academic and research facilities. Chancellor Meehan has also overseen four consecutive years of record fundraising for the university.
President-elect Meehan is committed to expanding online education at UMass while continuing to keep down tuition and fees. In a recent article in the Boston Globe, he acknowledged the importance of online offerings and noted that more than half of UMass Lowell graduates had taken one or more courses online.
Chancellor Meehan has propelled UMass Lowell forward in nearly every aspect of higher education. Under the new president’s leadership, we’re confident that he will take the UMass system and UMassOnline to new heights.