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UMass President Position Description

UMass President Position Description

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University of Massachusetts Position of President notice.
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POSITION DESCRIPTIONTHE POSITION:Title:
President
Salary:
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Duties:
 
The President reports to the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Board ofTrustees; and leads the UMass system in providing resources and guidance to achievethe fundamental mission to deliver the highest possible quality instruction, research andpublic service to the widest possible segment of the citizens of the Commonwealth. ThePresident oversees the implementation of the annual financial plan of the UMass systemand as the primary spokesperson will take an active leadership role in building coalitionsand raising funds to expand the UMass system resource base. The President representsthe University to the Governor, Legislature, Executive branch agencies, state agencies,the federal government and other major external constituencies.Further, he/she must build consensus among high-impact decision makers such aslegislative, business, community, and school leaders. Demonstrable experience withgovernment and the public sector with a clear sense of public policy development at thestate and national level are needed. The office of the President will coordinate strategicplanning, academic affairs, management and fiscal affairs, information systems, legalmatters, human resources management and provide support for the
University’s Board
of Trustees. Additionally the President will evaluate the performance of chancellors andcampuses.The President will be a proven, accomplished leader who will be an inspiring andformidable advocate for the University and for public higher education in theCommonwealth of Massachusetts. He or she will be a visionary leader who understandscomplex national and international challenges and can chart a clear strategy for theUniversity as it plays a critical role in positioning the Commonwealth for new success inan evolving and competitive global economy. As Chief Executive of the University ofMassachusetts, top candidates for the position of President will have an excellent recordof executive leadership experience and a passionate capacity to work with multiplestakeholders to broaden the research, financial and educational reputation of theUniversity. We are building a world-class university and the new president is expectedto move us on that path.
 
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THE ORGANIZATION
The University of Massachusetts is a land-grant research university with the mission toprovide an affordable and accessible education of highest quality and to conductprograms of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the livesof the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. The University ofMassachusetts system consists of five campuses throughout the state and is one of the
nation’s leading distance education providers
. With a total enrollment of 65,923students, the University of Massachusetts is the largest university system in the state.The University was established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College,located in Amherst. It became known as the Massachusetts State College in 1932 and in1947 became the University of Massachusetts. The Worcester and Boston campuseswere established in 1962 and 1964, respectively. The Lowell and Dartmouth campuses(previously the University of Lowell and Southeastern Massachusetts University,respectively) were consolidated into the University under Chapter 142 of the acts of1991.To that end the University has embarked on an ambitious capital plan for 300 buildingand renovation projects across the five UMass campuses. With support from theCommonwealt
h’s higher education and life sciences bond bills, the University will invest
$2.6 billion in new 21
st
century facilities, energy improvements, and deferredmaintenance over the next five years. According to a recent economic impact study,UMass contributed to $4 billion of economic activity in Massachusetts in Fiscal 2009through local operating and construction expenditures; and resident faculty, staff, andstudent spending.In the fall of 2009, the University enrolled approximately 55,740 full-time equivalent
(―FTE‖) students. The University is committed to providing, without discrimination,diverse program offerings to meet the needs of the state’s population. Diversity is a
strength of the UMass system. Over the past five years the University has experienceda period of strong enrollment growth, increasing the number of students by 15.3 percent.Research growth is outpacing peers and UMassOnline is experiencing its 9
th
 consecutive year of double digit enrollment and revenue growth.The University of Massachusetts with its five campuses constitutes five of the twenty-nine public institutions of higher education in the state
nine state colleges and fifteencommunity colleges. While the three sectors have different missions, the Universityrecognizes the opportunities for synergies among the sectors and participatescollaboratively in initiatives that enhance the educational, social, and economicdevelopment in the Commonwealth. The UMass President will be expected to recognizeand promote communication as the mechanism among and between the Chancellors,state, and community colleges for the benefit of the state.
The University’s five campuses are geographically dispersed throughout the
Commonwealth and possess unique and complementary missions.
The Amherst campus, the University’s flagship campus approximately 90 miles west of 
Boston, is the largest in the University system. With 5,381 employees and a studentbody of approximately 20,323 FTE undergraduate and approximately 4,609 FTE
 
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graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2009, the Amherst campus offers the mostcomprehensive and varied programs of the campuses in the University system, includingliberal arts and professional programs, in addition to doctoral and research programs. Itoffers six associate-level programs and 88 bachelors, 73 masters and 52 doctoraldegree programs. During the 2008-2009 academic year, 74 associate, 4,573 bachelorand 1,423 advanced degrees were conferred. Students may enroll in theCommonwealth Honors College, School of Education, College of Engineering, Collegeof Humanities and Fine Arts, Isenberg School of Management, School of Nursing,College of Natural Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, College ofSocial and Behavioral Sciences and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, which offersassociate level programs.The 1,400-acre Amherst campus includes the 28-story W.E.B. Du Bois Library,containing approximately three million volumes as well as governmental documents andlaw collections, the 9,000 seat state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena, the William D.Mullins Center, and 45 campus residence halls in six unique residential areas. In 2008the campus opened the Studio Arts Building and the Central Heating Plant (which willmaximize the production and use of energy) the completed renovations to the landmarkacademic building. In 2009, the campus completed a new student recreation center andan integrated sciences building. Also in 2009, ground was broken for a new CampusPolice Station and Emergency Operations Center that is expected to be LEED goldcertified. Over the last few years, the campus has made great strides in its commitmentto sustainability and green initiatives reducing its carbon footprint by 30%, water use by43%, steam use by 24% and electricity by 9%. The 2009 report of the Top AmericanResearch Universities (The Center) ranks UMass 76
th
($160.6 million) in federalresearch expenditures among public research institutions. On a number of othermeasures of competitive success
 –
national academy memberships, faculty awards,doctorates awarded, and postdoctoral appointees
 –
the Amherst campus ranks in thetop 50 among public research universities.
The 175-acre Boston campus, which is located three miles from downtown Boston on aharbor peninsula with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the MassachusettsState Archives and Commonwealth Museum, is currently a non-residential campus. InApril 2004, the Boston campus opened its new 331,000 square foot state-of-the-artCampus Center to better serve its students. The University of Massachusetts Boston isa vibrant community of scholarship and learning dedicated to academic excellence. As anationally recognized model for urban institutions, UMass Boston serves the mostdiverse student population in New England as well as the people of Greater Boston andthe Commonwealth including recent immigrants from around the world.The Boston campus focuses on the academic needs of the local urban and non-traditional population and research and policy needs of business, government, labor andcommunities in the greater Boston metropolitan region. The nearly thirty researchinstitutes and centers bring faculty and students together from across the University topursue research, teaching, and service on a broad range of topics that include public

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