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College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing Dedicated

Support from prominent alumni a ‘game changer’ for health education at UML

Students gather for the May 18 dedication of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Students gather for the May 18 dedication of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, named in honor of longtime benefactor Roy Zuckerberg ’58, ’99 (H).


In an era when health care is one of the biggest issues facing the country, UMass Lowell is redoubling its efforts to educate a new generation of health professionals, thanks to support from four prominent alumni.

This spring, the university officially renamed its College of Health Sciences in honor of Roy Zuckerberg ’58, ’99 (H) and its School of Nursing in honor of Alan Solomont ’77, ’94 (H) and his wife, Susan. Both Zuckerberg and the Solomonts recently made major gifts in support of student scholarships and health education. 

And Robert Manning ’84, ’11 (H), chair of the UMass Board of Trustees and co-CEO of MFS Investment Management, endowed a chair of nursing in honor of his wife, Donna ’85, ’91, ’11 (H), a longtime oncology nurse at Boston Medical Center—the first-ever endowed professorship in the nearly 50-year history of the nursing program.

“These are game-changing achievements,” says Chancellor Jacquie Moloney ’75, ’92, who praised Zuckerberg, the Solomonts and the Mannings for their decades of support for UMass Lowell. “They are committed to making a difference in people’s lives, a value that we feel very strongly about at UMass Lowell.”

Zuckerberg, who studied textile sales at Lowell Tech, went on to a successful career on Wall Street, retiring as the longest-serving partner in Goldman Sachs’ history. Solomont is a former U.S. ambassador to Spain who earned a degree in nursing at UMass Lowell before embarking on a career in health care and politics.

“What you are studying here is absolutely critical for our society,” Zuckerberg told an overflow audience of students and faculty at the May 18 dedication ceremony. “You’re really helping people. And there’s nothing better in life than helping people.”