About Julie Chen

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 Board of Trustees in May 2022, Chen assumed her role as UMass Lowell’s fourth chancellor — and just the second woman to lead the university of nearly 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.