President Robert Caret is planning a four-day, 500-mile bus tour next week to visit alumni start-ups, business incubators and UMass research centers to highlight 150 years of the University’s academic excellence and economic contributions since the signing of the Morrill Land Grant Act.
Starting in western Massachusetts on Oct. 1, Caret will visit the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, the Marine Research Station in Gloucester, the Cranberry Station in East Wareham and UMass Dartmouth’s MBA program at Cape Cod Community College. Stops in Springfield, Lowell, Boston, Worcester, Fall River and New Bedford are also planned.
Caret will be joined at the Cranberry Station by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Senate President Therese Murray, station director Carolyn DeMoranville and cranberry industry representatives.
Shortly after taking office last year, Caret mounted a statewide bus tour to determine how UMass could increase its regional and statewide impact and sought support for the University and its mission of education, research and public service. This year’s bus tour will emphasize UMass’ commitment to fostering academic achievement, entrepreneurship, research and economic development – key drivers of the Massachusetts economy. The tour will focus on contributions in the fields of science and technology, healthcare, financial services and innovation and the many ways that UMass has helped to build the Commonwealth since its founding in 1863.