Kumble Subbaswamy

Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Kumble R. Subbaswamy assumed his role as the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July 2012.

Before coming to Amherst, 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.

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.

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 60 articles and co-authored a book on the local density theory of polarizability.