UMass Amherst Plans National Search to Replace Associate Vice Chancellor Bill Rose

AMHERST, Mass. - Bill Rose, associate vice chancellor for facilities and campus services at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Alaska Anchorage and will leave his position at UMass in mid-February.

Rose has served in his current position since 1993 and has had overall responsibility for the physical plant, facilities planning, and campus services divisions within the administration and finance executive area. Previously, he served as director of the office of facilities services at Montana State University.

"Bill has done an exceptional job since coming to the campus and will be sorely missed," says Paul Page, vice chancellor for administration and finance. "We are just now beginning to see the fruits of his labor in each of these units. He has been instrumental in the development of this campus’s capital plan, successfully negotiated an electrical rate agreement which will save the campus millions of dollars, and has helped instill a customer service focus in the departments reporting to him. I wish him well in his new responsibilities in Alaska."

"It has been a pleasure to be a part of the UMass community over the last few years," says Rose. "I have been privileged to work with some outstanding people in many areas of the campus, and I leave with a sense of pride about the University. Although many challenges remain at UMass, the difficult decision to accept the opportunity offered by the University of Alaska was both a professional and personal choice."

According to Page, a national search will be initiated immediately to fill the position created by Rose’s departure. Until a successor is hired, the physical plant, facilities planning, and campus services divisions will report directly to Page.