After careful consideration and many conversations with my family and close supporters, I have decided not to run for the U.S. Senate at this time. While I am not ruling out the possibility of seeking public office in the future, I am fortunate to be leading a remarkable university that I love, and I just don’t want to walk away.
I am proud to say that the University of Massachusetts Lowell is an institution on the move. We have a remarkably gifted and dedicated faculty that is conducting research that is changing the world. We have broken fundraising records for student scholarships, ensuring that a UMass Lowell education remains affordable as well as excellent. We just purchased a downtown hotel that is being converted into the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center and this spring will break ground on a $70 million Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center ߝ our first new academic building in 35 years. We have 32 percent more students living on campus, which is helping dramatically improve our student success and retention rates. And, we just welcomed the largest and most diverse group of incoming students than ever before in this institution’s history.
Much has been accomplished in the last two years, but there is more work to be done to continue the transformation of UMass Lowell into a world-class institution.
I am confident that the people of Massachusetts will have excellent choices among candidates who aspire to continue the legacy of powerful and passionate leadership established by Senator Kennedy and the Kennedy family in Massachusetts.
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