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Lowell Sun: Wilson to Join UMass Lowell

01/07/2011
By By Lyle Moran, Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson will join UMass Lowell's faculty as a tenured professor in the College of Management when he steps down at the end of June, he told The Sun yesterday in an exclusive interview.

Wilson's decision is a major coup for UMass Lowell and Greater Lowell, because of Wilson's close ties to the other UMass campuses and to high-profile education and business leaders nationwide. Wilson is widely credited with boosting UMass' research efforts, growing its endowment and increasing commercialization of its intellectual property.

Wilson said one reason he chose UMass Lowell over offers from private universities, private industry and positions in Washington, D.C., is because he cherishes the connection the Lowell campus has to the city and the surrounding communities.

"I wanted to go to a university that is closely tied to its community," Wilson said. "That is what I tried to strengthen as president across the entire system."

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