On Friday, Oct. 13, UMass Lowell will host a reception celebrating the life and career of former UMass Lowell Chancellor William Hogan, who passed away on June 28.
“Across more than four decades at the Lowell Technological Institute, the University of Lowell and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Dr. William T. Hogan led the transformation of an institution that is now among the strongest public research universities in the country,” says Chancellor Jacquie Moloney.
From an early age, it was clear that Bill Hogan was going places. As a 9-year-old growing up in Lowell, he got a paper route to save money for college. After earning an engineering degree at Northeastern, he was chosen as for a team of U.S. Army scientists and engineers working to develop America’s space program. Following his military service, he earned his doctorate at MIT.
The sky was literally the limit for Hogan, yet he made it his work to help others soar. First as a faculty member, then as dean of the engineering school and president of the University of Lowell, he worked to expand opportunities for students and to strengthen academic and research programs. In 1991, he became the first chancellor of UMass Lowell.
UMass President Marty Meehan says Hogan “reimagined and redefined the university as an engine for economic development that would not only advance the regional economy, but build the industries he knew would be critical to the future of the entire Commonwealth. He also created a model for city-university partnership with the city of Lowell that to this day remains crucial to the success of each.”
The Oct. 13 reception will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Contributions can also be made to the Chancellor William T. Hogan Scholarship Fund for Innovation and Engagement at alumni.uml.edu/HoganScholarship. The university will match the first $100,000 in contributions.