Steven Tello

Steven F. Tello, Ed.D.

Vice Provost for Graduate, Online and Professional Studies

Academic Affairs
Graduate and Professional Studies Center, Suite 363

Research Interests

Steven Tello’s research interests include technology innovation, business incubation, student entrepreneurship and technology-facilitated management education.


  • Ed. D., Leadership in Schooling, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • M.B.A., Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M. Ed., Management & Administration, Cambridge College
  • B. A., Sociology, University of Lowell


As vice provost for Graduate & Professional Studies, Steven Tello oversees strategic leadership and implementation aimed at strengthening and growing the university’s graduate programs, online programs and international partnerships. He brings to the role a deep history of success as a faculty member, administrator and leader for UMass Lowell, most recently as senior associate vice chancellor for entrepreneurship and economic development.

Tello has been instrumental in many of the university's successes of the past decade, including the rapid growth of the M2D2 and Innovation Hub business incubators, student DifferenceMaker program, River Hawk Venture Fund and Deshpande Symposium.

Tello began his career at UMass Lowell in 1996, in the Division of Continuing Education, where he supported the design and development of the university’s highly successful online education program. Tello is a tenured associate professor in the Manning School of Business, where he founded the university’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program and the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Entrepreneurship.