University of Massachusetts

Former Congressman Marty Meehan was inaugurated Thursday as the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts in a ceremony where speakers said his enthusiasm and political skills made him the right person at the right time to lead the state’s public university system.

Officials say the University of Massachusetts was awarded 65 U.S. patents during the past fiscal year— a record amount for the system.

The Massachusetts Legislature has restored a number of vetoes Governor Charlie Baker made in signing a $38 billion budget earlier this month.

Western Massachusetts economic development officials are hoping for Olympics venues if Boston becomes host for the 2024 games.

A two-year freeze on tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts won’t be extended next year.  But exactly how much student costs will be going up is still to be determined.

A University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees committee, meeting in Boston Wednesday, recommended raising the tuition and mandatory curriculum fee by up to 5 percent.  The size of the increase will be determined by the amount of funding UMass receives in the state budget, according to UMass spokesman Robert Connolly.


Martin Meehan, the president-elect of the University of Massachusetts, visited the flagship Amherst campus today.   It was his first campus visit since he was chosen to be the system president by a unanimous vote of the UMass Board of Trustees last Friday.  Meehan, a former U.S. Congressman and current chancellor at UMass Lowell, took questions from a group of students.

The president of the University of Massachusetts is heading south to a familiar place.

University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret is leaving to become the chancellor of the University System of Maryland.


The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees met for the final time today under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.  The meeting on the flagship Amherst campus drew union protestors and student activists.