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Committee in place to select UMass Lowell leader

By From the Lowell Sun

Lowell Sun

BOSTON -- A 21-member panel of UMass administrators, trustees, faculty and Lowell civic officials was named by UMass President Jack Wilson to conduct a search for the new chancellor of the UMass-Lowell campus.

The group, which will be chaired by William O'Shea, executive vice president of Lucent Technologies and president of Bell Labs, and who is also a UMass trustee, is charged with finding a replacement for William Hogan, who retired in July.

"The UMass Lowell campus, which was led so ably by (Hogan) for the past 25 years, is poised for a new era of growth," Wilson said. "That growth will benefit UMass Lowell's students and the region.

"Historically, the city of Lowell -- our longtime partner -- has been the economic hub of the Merrimack Valley," he added. "This national search is designed to identify the individual who will be best-equipped to lead this important institution of higher education into the future."

There is no definitive timetable for the selection committee to choose a new chancellor. The group's first meeting will be in September.

"The committee will take whatever time is necessary to do the job right, and they want to do it with great care," said Bill Wright, a spokesman for the UMass president's office.

James Julian, the UMass executive vice president, will serve on the panel, as will David Mackenzie, the interim UMass Lowell chancellor, and Keith Motley, the university's vice president of business and academics.

The panel includes several members of the UMass board of trustees, including Charles Hoff, Janet Pearl, Karl White and William Poduska, and student trustee Heather Makrez.

There are also numerous UMass Lowell faculty and administrators, including Susan Braunhut, professor of biological sciences; Julie Chen, co-director of the Advanced Composite Materials and Textiles Laboratory; Kay Doyle, chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Services; Joyce Gibson, associate vice chancellor for academic services; Ann Marie Hurley, IS coordinator; Dana Skinner, director of athletics; and Steven Tello, associate director of distance learning.

Local business leaders serving on the panel include Howard Berke, CEO of Konarka Technologies Inc.; Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick, vice president of corporate communications for Enterprise Bank and Trust Co.; Robert Manning, CEO of MFS Investment Management and an UMass Lowell alumnus; and Frank McKone, CEO of Albany International Corp. and an UMass Lowell alumnus.

Lowell Mayor William Martin is also serving on the committee.

"UMass Lowell offers programs recognized globally and is committed to sustainable economic development locally," Mackenzie said. "The committee appropriately reflects this range. From international business leaders to the UMass Lowell student trustee, all are outstanding representatives of their constituencies."