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Chancellor-Elect Javier Reyes

Announcing UMass Amherst's Next Chancellor, Javier Reyes

A bold and innovative leader, Dr. Javier Reyes will be the next chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Reyes was selected after a rigorous search process completed by a distinguished and diverse 21-member committee that included faculty, students, alumni, staff, and members of the UMass Board of Trustees, who were assembled when Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced his retirement last year.

Javier Reyes speaking at UMass Amherst.

Born and raised in Mexico, Reyes is an economist who has devoted his career to the cause of public higher education. He will be the first Hispanic to serve as chancellor of UMass Amherst.

I am honored by the opportunity to lead UMass Amherst, a world-class university that is on the rise, and humbled by the trust that President Meehan and the Board of Trustees are placing in me.

Chancellor-Elect Javier Reyes


Accolades for the Chancellor-Elect

Governor Maura Healey

"Javier Reyes is an innovative and dynamic leader who will harness the full potential of UMass Amherst. I’m confident that he will inspire students and faculty alike to continue growing the school’s excellence in education and research. I congratulate Dr. Reyes, President Meehan and the UMass Board of Trustees on this historic appointment. I am grateful to Chancellor Subbaswamy for his many years of service to the university and for taking it to new heights. I wish him the very best in his future endeavors." - Maura Healey, Governor of Massachusetts

UMass President Marty Meehan

"A bold and innovative leader, Javier Reyes has inspired students in the classroom, supported initiatives that have unleashed the teaching and research talents of faculty, and connected great public universities to the socio-economic aspirations of their communities. He is well-prepared to build on the strong foundation that has been built under Chancellor Subbaswamy’s stellar leadership." - Marty Meehan, UMass President

Chancellor Search Committee Chair Victor Woolridge

“I firmly believe the search committee has identified the person whose Personality, Leadership qualities, Awareness of the campus environment, with the Character and Experience (PLACE) that personifies the campus community in a way no other candidate has,” Victor Woolridge, Search Committee Chair and UMass alumnus

Dr. Laura Haas

Dr. Reyes’ vision of a great public university as the engine of economic mobility fits perfectly with our mission as a land-grant institution dedicated to advancing the common good.  His excitement about our potential for global impact and his passion for serving students of all backgrounds augur an exciting future for the campus." - Dr. Laura Haas, Dean of the UMass Amherst Manning College of Computer and Information Science and Vice Chair of the UMass Amherst Chancellor Search Committee

Dr. Barbara Krauthamer

"[Dr. Reyes] has the leadership experience to continue elevating research and teaching across our campus and to advance the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion." - Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, member of the UMass Amherst Chancellor Search Committee

About Chancellor-Elect Javier Reyes

Reyes currently serves as interim chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), Chicago’s largest university campus, with more than 33,000 students and $440 million in research awards.

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