The System Office’s role in academic affairs stresses oversight, coordination and collaboration to ensure a quality learning experience for students and excellence in research. Academic governance and academic policy are the primary focus of the System Office in academic matters.

The senior vice president reports to the Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs and Economic Development (CAAED) on policy matters of personnel, tenure review, academic program development and review. The Board of Trustees is the lead governance body for the University of Massachusetts System.

Academic Program Review is an extensive process involving all levels of governance and policy on each campus in the system. The Academic Affairs and Economic Development office works closely with each campus to ensure that each new program in development adheres to Trustee Policy T92-012, follows a strict set of Program Approval Guidelines, and is prepared in a manner that is consistent with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education program application requirements. Links to the Department of Higher Education Curriculum outlines and budget forms, among others, can be found on the Academic Policy page.

Leadership and Governance

  • Robert Gamache, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs
  • Candyce Carragher, Senior Executive Associate

The Academic Advisory Council (AAC) is made up of the chief academic officers of each campus. AAC meets monthly for the purpose of reviewing academic matters common and unique to all campuses.

Chief Academic Officers

Robert Gamache, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs
University of Massachusetts President's Office

Contact:  Candyce Carragher, 617-287-5329 |

Tricia Serio, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Massachusetts Amherst​

Contact: Kelly Smiaroski, 413-545-6225 |

Joseph B. Berger, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Massachusetts Boston​

Contact: Jannette White, 617-287-5602 |

Hanchen Huang, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Contact: Kristen Kupiec, 508-999-8024 |

Joseph Hartman, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Contact: Meylia Kurnianto, 978-934-3000 |

Terry Flotte, M.D.
Dean of the School of Medicine
Provost and Executive Deputy Chancellor
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Contact: Kimberly La Perle, 508-856-2107 |