Chancellor Marty Meehan is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to our campus community, maintaining UMass Lowell's reputation while leading us to even greater success. Meehan was honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the annual District I program in New York City on Jan. 23.
He received the Chief Executive Leadership Award, which was established to honor institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts promoting public understanding of education and for support of advancement at their campuses. Winners of this award have demonstrated the ability to increase their institution’s stature in the community and to establish a positive image for their institution while leading it to even higher levels of success.
“I am honored to receive the Chief Executive Leadership Award from CASE,” Meehan said. “In today's economy, philanthropic support is particularly critical. We have increased efforts to raise private funds to ensure that students continue to receive the best education possible. In the last five years, we have seen an 83 percent increase in overall fundraising, including several multimillion-dollar gifts, which has allowed us to increase scholarships, construct new buildings on campus and advance educational and research programs that benefit the entire region.”
Understanding that philanthropic support is vital to sustain the progress that has been made, the chancellor has overseen the largest fundraising years in the history of the institution resulting in nearly $61 million in pledges and gifts.
Since assuming the chancellorship in 2007, Meehan has propelled UMass Lowell forward by every important measure of higher education. The institution has achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention, research and scholarship funding. The campus also has undergone a stunning physical transformation with new buildings, upgraded academic and research facilities, and enhanced student residence and activity spaces.
While strongly focusing on academics and student success, Chancellor Meehan has made access, affordability and diversity a keystone of his vision to raise UMass Lowell’s image and impact on the region.
Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. He served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Previously, he served as Massachusetts deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations, and he was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County.
Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986. He holds honorary degrees from Suffolk University, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Israel.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. CASE's membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 61 countries around the world.
CASE District I is the regional chapter of CASE International, and represents the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Each year, CASE District I recognizes outstanding individual contributions to education through volunteer leadership and professional achievement with six awards. Nominations are sought from throughout the membership, and recipients are honored at a reception during the District I Annual Conference.
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