Katherine S. Newman assumed the office of Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the Fall of 2014.  The Chief Academic Officer of the campus, she provides leadership for the mission of the University in education, research, service and the impact of UMass in the community and the state of Massachusetts.

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News & Announcements

  • April 16th, 2015

    John A. Hird has been appointed dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, effective April 1. Interim dean since April 2014, Hird previously served as senior associate dean of the college and chair of the political science department. A member of the faculty since 1989, he was the founding director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and the master’s program in public policy and administration from 1998 to 2006.

  • April 16th, 2015

    Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography and chair of the department of African and African-American studies at Dartmouth College, has been named the new dean of the Commonwealth Honors College beginning July 1. Previously, she was professor of English and director of Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and professor of English and associate dean of the faculty at Vassar College.