The University of Massachusetts is a world-class public research university committed to advancing knowledge and transforming lives. UMass is renowned for the quality of its academic programs, the scope and impact of its research, and the strength of its public service mission.

The UMass President’s Office, helmed by UMass President Marty Meehan, provides leadership, financial management, and oversight to the university and its campuses, spearheads joint academic and financial initiatives, and provides shared services in order to drive maximum efficiency and effectiveness on behalf of our 75,000 students.

The UMass President’s Office has more than 300 employees across two offices in Boston and Westborough.
"UMass will help determine the kind of future Massachusetts will have and the kind of people we will be. The University is central to making the Commonwealth a place where everyone works for the common good and everyone has a chance to move forward in life and succeed."
Marty Meehan
President, University of Massachusetts

President Marty Meehan

Marty Meehan is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. On July 1, 2015, he became the university’s 27th president after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and as chancellor of UMass Lowell.

Meehan has an abiding belief in public higher education’s power to transform lives. At his presidential inauguration on Nov. 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.”

Learn more about President Marty Meehan.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

President Meehan announced that an expanded UMass President’s Office Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Team has been established. This 13-member team, which has representation from several departments and will be staffed by members of our Human Resources team, will work to identify and help implement best practices across the organization with regard to DEIA issues.

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Efficiency and Effectiveness

In FY13, the University, through its Board of Trustees, created a permanent Task Force on Efficiencies and Effectiveness charged with ensuring that both taxpayer and student dollars are used in the most efficient and effective manner.  The University understands that, along with fiscal responsibility, we must demonstrate that we are driving efficiencies and improving quality everywhere for our students.

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All five UMass campuses have made a collective commitment to be “good stewards of resources” including not only fiscal resources but also a commitment to be environmentally responsible in their areas. Each campus' programs and services work to help UMass, as a whole, become a more sustainable entity.

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UMass Votes

In September 2020, UMass President Marty Meehan announced he joined more than 193 college and university presidents and chancellors committing to 100 percent student voter registration, engagement and turnout through the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.