University of Massachusetts Dartmouth — Chancellor

The President and the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts announce a search for the position of Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth). UMass Dartmouth is part of a five-campus system (including campus locations in addition to Dartmouth in Amherst, Boston, Lowell and a Medical School in Worcester) governed by a President and a 22-member Board of Trustees.

In 2016, UMass Dartmouth earned designation as a Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity from the national Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, making it the only Massachusetts research university south of Boston. Distinguished by personalized teaching, innovative research, and full engagement in regional economic, social, and cultural development, UMass Dartmouth has an enrollment of nearly 9,000 students in more than 50 undergraduate majors and more than 40 graduate programs, including 12 at the doctoral level and the Commonwealth’s only public law school. The scholarly research and creative activities of faculty and graduate students are interwoven with the undergraduate experience.

The main campus, designed by the eminent architect Paul Rudolph, is located on 710 acres in Dartmouth, about half way between Providence, RI and Cape Cod. Other University sites include the School for Marine Science and Technology on the waterfront in New Bedford, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fall River, the School of Law in Dartmouth, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown New Bedford. UMass Dartmouth, with an economic impact measured at $517 million employs more than 1,400 people, including nearly 400 full-time faculty members, and creates more than 2,800 non-university jobs. There are nearly 50,000 alumni.

UMass Dartmouth’s $27 million research enterprise has forged an innovation triangle in southeastern Massachusetts, where scientific and creative ventures at the Dartmouth main campus and in New Bedford and Fall River produce knowledge and ideas that are focused on the region but have statewide, national and global impact.

The ideal candidate should possess an earned appropriate terminal degree or credentials sufficient to engender respect from the academy and the community-at-large, and the educational background to demonstrate a commitment to academic quality, including an appreciation for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service. Candidates from a broad range of leadership backgrounds will be considered.

UMass Dartmouth’s Chancellor will be an experienced leader who has demonstrated the implementation of a vision, is comfortable in a shared governance environment, excels at management and resource development, and is a team player and communicator who can articulate and build support for the University mission.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, is assisting UMass Dartmouth in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Nominations should include nominee’s name, position, address, and telephone number. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements and a curriculum vitae.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Gale Merseth, Vice President
Greg Esposito, Managing Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
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