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Marty Meehan’s Biography

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Marty Meehan is the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, founded in the 1890s as the Lowell Normal and Lowell Textile Schools. 

Since assuming the chancellorship in 2007, Meehan has propelled UMass Lowell forward by every important measure of higher education. The institution has achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention and funding for research and scholarships. The campus has undergone a stunning physical transformation with new academic buildings and residence halls; upgraded academic and research facilities; and enhanced student activity spaces. 

In 2011, for the first time, UMass Lowell was named a top-tier national university and is No. 158 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Universities ranking. Its three-year, 25-spot climb is the second-fastest in the nation. UMass Lowell also ranks 85th among all public universities in the country. The University is ranked 10th in the nation among public colleges and universities for graduates’ return on investment (ROI) and 50th among all institutions by Forbes also rated it the 10th “Best Value College” in the country.

While strongly focusing on academics and student success, Chancellor Meehan has made access, affordability and diversity a keystone of his vision to raise UMass Lowell’s image and impact on the region.

Meehan has sought innovative and entrepreneurial means to obtain resources. Understanding that philanthropic support is vital to sustain the progress that has been made, the chancellor has overseen the largest fundraising years in the history of the institution securing $85 million in gifts and pledges and increasing the endowment to $66.1 million. In FY13 alone, fundraising totaled a record total of $19.3 million.

Meehan was presented with 2014 President of the Year Award by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the nation’s largest association of collegiate student affairs professionals. He received the Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2012 from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which honors institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts promoting public understanding of education and for support of advancement at their campuses.

Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007, where he served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees.  Widely respected as a reformer, he established a national reputation for his legislative leadership in transforming campaign finance laws and protecting people against the health risks of tobacco use. Previously, he served as Massachusetts deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations, and he was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County.  

Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986. He holds honorary degrees from Suffolk University, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Israel.