The University

Governor Patrick Invests in UMass Boston

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Earlier this month, the UMass Boston community was honored to receive a visit from Governor Deval Patrick, a frequent and welcome guest on our campus.

On October 2, Governor Patrick chose our Campus Center as the setting for the announcement of his administration’s far-reaching investment in public higher education, including $607 million in new bond funding for the UMass system. Of the total funding, $100 million will go toward the construction of General Academic Building No. 2 at UMass Boston, which will be the third new academic building on our campus.

The Integrated Sciences Complex is the first such project; if you’ve looked across Morrissey Boulevard recently, you’ve seen the terrific progress we’ve made on the building. Crews are currently enclosing the building so they can work through the winter on heating vents, plumbing, wiring, and other interior projects. General Academic Building No. 1, which will house performance venues, fine arts studios, and an abundance of classrooms and study spaces, is in the design phase and will break ground early next year. Design work for General Academic Building No. 2, which will include classrooms and academic support space, is expected to begin in 2014; construction is slated for 2016.

Governor Patrick also announced his award of $118,000 to UMass Boston to fund the creation of a professional development program and to develop civic engagement strategies. This money is part of $2.5 million in Performance Incentive Fund grants made to the UMass campuses and state universities.

The governor was joined by Secretary of Education Paul Reville, UMass President Robert Caret, Board of Trustees Chair Henry Thomas III, and Student Trustee Alexis Marvel, all of whom spoke on what this infusion of resources will mean for UMass as a whole and our institution in particular. I was particularly touched by Marvel’s account of how difficult it can be for our students to find the money to achieve their goal of graduating from college. I know that this investment in our future will allow UMass Boston to support more students like her while providing a world-class education.

I am very pleased that Governor Patrick’s administration continues to recognize that public education, including that provided by UMass Boston–Boston’s only public university–is crucial to our state’s continued growth and success. This commitment to our campus is no less than our students deserve.

To learn more about our physical revitalization, our strategic plan, and our vision for 2025, please visit umb.edu/masterplan and umb.edu/strategicplan. And if you haven’t dropped by yet to see the construction on the Integrated Sciences Complex, you are warmly invited to do so.