Kumble R. Subbaswamy will be formally inaugurated as chancellor during ceremonies on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Mullins Center.
The installation is being held in conjunction with a weeklong commemoration of the founding of the campus 150 years ago.
President Robert L. Caret and Henry M. Thomas, III, chairman of the Board of Trustees, will conduct the investiture rites, presenting Subbaswamy with a medallion bearing the names of the Amherst campus’s leaders since 1863 as a symbol of his office.
Other scheduled speakers include Provost James V. Staros, Julie C. Hayes, dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, Faculty Senate secretary and Music professor Ernest May, Akshay Kapoor of the Student Government Association, Alumni Association president Ronald F. Grasso, Enku Gelaye, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life, and Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg.
Special guests expected to attend include members of the Board of Trustees, legislators, the chancellors of the other four UMass campuses, members of Subbaswamy’s family, former chancellors Richard O’Brien, David Scott, Marcellette Williams and John Lombardi, and representatives of more than 50 colleges, universities, honor societies and professional organizations from across the U.S. and Canada.
Gerald Mahan of Pennsylvania State University, who served as Subbaswamy’s thesis advisor at Indiana University, and Pawel Hawrylak of the Institute for Microstructural Sciences at the National Research Council of Canada, who was a doctoral student under Subbaswamy at the University of Kentucky, will also be at the ceremony.
Subbaswamy took office on July 1, 2012. A physicist by training, he served as provost at the University of Kentucky since 2006-12. He joined the Kentucky’s physics faculty in 1978 after serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. During his first 18 years at Kentucky, he served as associate dean of arts and sciences and as chair of the department of physics and astronomy.
He left Kentucky in 1997 when he was appointed dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Miami. Three years later, he was named dean of arts and sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington. He returned to Kentucky in 2006 when he was appointed provost.
He is active in academia nationally and internationally, serving on a number of panels, including the American Council on Education and the German-American Fulbright Commission.
Subbaswamy holds a bachelor of science in physics from Bangalore University, a master of science 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 was the optical properties of novel materials and nonlinear excitations.
The event is free and open to the public. Guests are also invited to a complimentary reception on the Mullins Center Concourse immediately following the ceremony.
Registration is requested for the event. Contact the Office of External Relations and University Events at 577-1101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.