The University

Welcome, and thank you

The University of Massachusetts has a new president-elect.

During their board meeting yesterday, the trustees of the University of Massachusetts unanimously selected Robert L. Caret, the president of Towson University in Maryland, to take over for retiring UMass president Jack Wilson in July. Dr. Caret, a native New Englander and former high school teacher, is well known for his achievements in higher education. Among them, as president of Towson, Dr. Caret was instrumental in increasing graduation rates of minority students – a challenge that our university system still faces, and one that we will be positioned to continue addressing with his expertise.

I believe that the Board of Trustees has made a fine choice, and I look forward to working with Dr. Caret to advance the goals of our university and the entire system over the years to come. I encourage you to learn more about our future leader by reading the announcement posted on the UMass website.

On another note, I want to recognize our Facilities Department for the commendable job they did cleaning up the 14.6 inches of snow that fell on Wednesday. On behalf of the university community, I extend sincere thanks and appreciation to each department member for their hard work during and after the storm. When I stepped onto campus yesterday morning, the ground was just as clear as it had been Tuesday night. Thank you for doing your best to make sure we could get back to work.

I wish you all a safe weekend and a joyous Martin Luther King Jr. Day.