Chancellor's Office

Marty Meehan’s Biography

Chancellor's Vitae (pdf)

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. 156 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Universities ranking. Its four-year, 27-spot climb is the second-fastest in the nation. UMass Lowell also ranks 84th among all public universities in the country. The University is the top-ranked public research institution in New England for starting salary, mid-career salary and overall return on investment for graduates according to PayScale.com.

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 culminating with a record total of $20.6 million raised in FY14, the fourth consecutive record year for university fundraising. Since Meehan was named chancellor, UMass Lowell has raised more than $105 million in private gifts and pledges. 

In 2015, the Lura Smith Fund honored Meehan with the Living the Dream Award for embracing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through his faith and commitment to social justice. In 2014, Meehan received the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) President of the Year Award at the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration and the Robert H. (Tex) McClain, Jr. Distinguished Public Administrator Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration. He was honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the annual District I program in 2012 with the Chief Executive Leadership Award, established to honor 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 the public from 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.

Chancellor's 2015 Presentation on a Public Enterprise for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at EACUBO (pdf)