UMass Lowell officially joined the UMass system in 1991. Since that time, the Lowell campus has had three chancellors.

Marty Meehan

Martin T. Meehan (2007-2015)

During his chancellorship, Marty Meehan, the first alumnus to be named to the position, propelled UMass Lowell forward by every important measure of higher education. The institution achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention and funding for research and scholarships. And the campus underwent a stunning physical transformation with new academic buildings and residence halls, upgraded academic and research facilities, and enhanced student activity spaces.  

Prior to his appointment, Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007, where he served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Widely respected as a reformer, he established a national reputation for his legislative leadership in transforming campaign finance laws and protecting the public from the health risks of tobacco use. Previously, he served as Massachusetts deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations and he was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County. 

Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986. He holds honorary degrees from Suffolk University, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Israel.

Chancellor Meehan was named President of the UMass system on May 1, 2015. He assumed his post on July 1, 2015.

William T. Hogan

William T. Hogan (1991-2006)

After working as an engineer at General Electric and the U.S. Army, William Hogan joined the campus as a professor of mechanical engineering in 1963. He quickly moved up the ranks, becoming dean of the College of Engineering, vice president of academic affairs and, eventually, president of the University of Lowell. He became UMass Lowell's first chancellor in 1991.

Under Hogan’s leadership, enrollment at the university increased, accreditation soared and the colleges of Liberal Arts and Pure and Applied Sciences joined to form the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Dedicated to a vision of a sustainable regional economy, Hogan helped launch several initiatives in cooperation with the city, including the Riverwalk, LeLacheur Park, the Tsongas Arena, the Lowell Summer Music Series and the expansion of the Tsongas Industrial History Center. Under his watch, the university also initiated a host of research and economic partnerships, including the Center for Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. 

Shortly before retiring in 2006, Hogan helped develop a plan for a $266 million renovation of the university’s three campuses, taking the first steps toward establishing UMass Lowell as a world-class research and development center.

Chancellor Hogan graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in mechanical engineering and earned a doctorate in engineering at MIT.  He died in 2017 at the age of 84.