UMass Boston

Message from the Dean

Venky Venkatachalam, PhD

The College of Management is Boston’s only public business school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the gold standard for business schools. This designation is only earned by five percent of business schools worldwide! 

Our school, located in one of the leading metropolitan regions in the world, has a reputation as a leader in impactful research, innovation, and high-tech entrepreneurship. Our diverse faculty is committed to a culture of continuous improvement and providing an exceptional learning experience inside and outside the classroom. We recruit our renowned faculty with a laser-sharp focus on student success in order to transform our students into business and community leaders. 

We offer all of this in a city known for its academic innovation and industry leadership. Our dedication and engagement with leading businesses in the Boston area provide ample opportunities for internship and career prospects. Most of our students choose to stay and work here when graduating, giving students a strong alumni base.

I’m proud to serve as the Dean of the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As the third most diverse university in the country, we are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, enriching our community intellectually and socially. 

Venky Venkatachalam, PhD
Dean and Distinguished Professor, College of Management
University of Massachusetts Boston

Strategic Plan Framework


The College of Management’s mission is to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders by providing accessible and exceptional learning experiences, backed by cutting-edge intellectual contributions and professional engagement.


The College of Management strives to be a public business school of choice for students, employers, faculty and staff, and an engine for sustainable economic and social development in the Boston region.

Strategic Priorities

  • Advance student success and excellence including improving recruitment, retention, and graduation of our students, and career opportunities and outcomes
  • Improve the College of Management’s physical space toward a dedicated, world-class infrastructure
  • Strengthen impactful market-driven innovations in academic programs and research engagement
  • Expand student, staff and faculty diversity, equity, inclusion and representation
  • Advance faculty excellence in teaching and research
  • Intensify our focus on serving the local community while also expanding our reach domestically and internationally
  • Strengthen and expand the College of Management’s partnerships and relationships with business, government, education and community organizations in Boston and beyond
  • Strengthen brand identity and boost national/global rankings

Core Values

  • Student success across all programs; encompassing high quality student-centered education and service
  • A culture of excellence in teaching, programs, research, service, and administration
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and representation for and of students, staff, and faculty
  • Robust partnerships with community and global and business leaders
  • Commitment to shared governance and valuable collaborations with internal stakeholders
  • Commitment to addressing grand societal challenges including climate change and inequality
  • Resilience and adaptability in the ever-changing higher-education, community, and business landscape