Julie Chen was named chancellor of UMass Lowell after leading the university’s growing research franchise into a nearly $95 million annual operation. Unanimously appointed by the UMass trustees in May 2022, Chen assumed her role as UMass Lowell’s fourth chancellor — and just the second woman to lead the university of more than 18,000 students — on July 1, 2022.
Chen previously served as vice chancellor for research and economic development, a role that included managing industry partnerships, technology transfer, startups and innovation, core research facilities and economic development programs.
As UMass Lowell’s chief research officer, Chen facilitated numerous innovative models that brought together industry, government and academia.
Chen, the UMass System’s first LGBTQ chancellor, resides in Wilmington with her spouse, Susu Wong.