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.