James Canning Named Honors College Dean

By Ahmed Abdelal

The Honors College at UMass Lowell is proud to announce the appointment of James T. Canning as dean. 

Canning, who received a doctorate in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1985, began his career in the Department of Computer Science at UMass Lowell in the same year. Often acknowledged for his excellence in teaching, advising and service to the university, Canning twice received the Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, the Francis Lowell Cabot Faculty Award, and the Exceeding Excellence Award given by the Student Government Association. He served as department head of Computer Science from 1993 to 1998 and was twice appointed graduate coordinator. In the summer of 2011 Canning began his journey with Honors as director of the Commonwealth Honors Program. In the spring of 2014, the UMass Board of Trustees voted to elevate the Honors Program to an Honors College, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of Canning. He was chosen as dean of the newly formed Honors College in May of 2014. 

We look forward to the continued growth and development of Honors under the skillful and dedicated leadership of Dean Canning.