Biography of Chancellor Subbaswamy
Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy assumed his role as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on July 1, 2012. He is the 11th chancellor of the flagship campus.
Before coming to Amherst, Dr. Subbaswamy, a physicist, served as provost at the University of Kentucky since 2006. He joined Kentucky’s physics faculty in 1978 after serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. During his first 18 years at the University of Kentucky, he served as associate dean of Arts and Sciences and as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Chancellor Subbaswamy was also dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami from 1997 to 2000, when he left to become dean of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, serving until 2006. He was active in promoting life sciences-related economic development efforts in Indiana and Kentucky. He is also active in academia nationally and internationally, serving on a number of panels, including the American Council on Education and the German-American Fulbright Commission.
Chancellor Subbaswamy holds a B.S. in physics from Bangalore University, an M.S. in physics from Delhi University and a Ph.D. in physics from Indiana University. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1989. His primary research area as a physicist is the optical properties of novel materials and nonlinear excitations. He has published over sixty articles and co-authored a book on the local density theory of polarizability.
Chancellor Subbaswamy and his wife, Mala, plan to live at Hillside, the campus home for the chancellor. They have two grown children, their daughter Apurva and son Adarsh.