The Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts has announced 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, the Dartmouth campus had approximately 6,709 FTE students enrolled for Fall 2020. UMass Dartmouth offers 58 undergraduate degree programs and 50 graduate degree programs (including 16 at the doctorate level).  During the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,419 bachelor’s degrees and 494 advanced degrees, together with 93 undergraduate and graduate certificates, were conferred.  Students may enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences (with a School of Education), the Charlton College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School for Marine Science and Technology, and the University of Massachusetts School of Law (the “Law School”). 

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 $550 million employs 1,200 people, including nearly 400 full-time faculty members, and creates more than 2,600 non-university jobs. There are more than 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 outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.

It is preferred that the candidate will have progressively responsible administrative/managerial experience in higher education, classroom experience at the university level and academic rank and tenure. 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. 

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting UMass Dartmouth in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates.

For a full application package please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Bob Caret, Senior Search Consultant


Jan Greenwood, Partner


Lauren McCaghren, Senior Executive Search Consultant



The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.