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Office of the Chancellor


Lauded as a visionary leader with a demonstrated commitment to innovation, academic excellence, and the transformative power of higher education, Dr. Robert E. Johnson was named chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by a unanimous vote of the UMass Board of Trustees on March 7, 2017. Read more


Message from Chancellor Johnson

"I begin a new chapter here at UMass Dartmouth with great optimism...I stand with you on the shoulders of so many who have contributed to this institution for generations."


With an unyielding belief that higher education is a public good, Dr. Johnson has dedicated a quarter century of his life to building higher education opportunity for people.

The Agile Future

To educate students successfully, institutions need to be forward thinking and future-focused.

Leadership Philosophy

"When you look at UMass Dartmouth as a Tier 1 national research university, the possibilities are unlimited."