Dr. Divina Grossman is the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a position she has held since July 1, 2012. Previously, she was at Florida International University, where she was the Founding Vice President for Engagement and prior to that, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Nursing.
At UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Grossman’s leadership has resulted in the development of UMassDTransform2020, the campus strategic plan for 2014 to 2020, focusing on the transition of UMass Dartmouth from a regional Master’s Institution to a national Doctoral Research University. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, her leadership was reflected in the Special Task Force report noting the campus response as “exemplary” and “all decisions made were correct and were carried out effectively.”
During Chancellor Grossman’s tenure, the campus has completed a multiple award-winning renovation of the Claire T. Carney Library, completion of the Elisabeth A. Pennington Nursing Simulation Laboratory and the Hall-Hildreth Innovation, Design, Art, and Engineering (IDEA) Studio, and expansion of the Fitness Center. She initiated the UMass Dartmouth Living Gallery project, which includes elements such as landscaping, hanging garden, sculpture, and mural art – to transform the aesthetics of the Brutalist-style campus and to ignite creative placemaking. She has ushered an era of transparent communication and shared decision-making, exemplified by the weekly Chancellor’s Monday Message, development of social media sites for campus messaging, and representation of the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association in the Cabinet. Chancellor Grossman has also enhanced recognition of employee performance through the Chancellor’s Award Recognizing Excellence in Service (CARES).
Chancellor Grossman serves on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) and the Steering Committee of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment Compact (ACUPCC), chairs the Connect Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership, and recently completed her term as National Advisory Committee Member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Nursing, and was the former Board Chair of the Health Foundation of South Florida and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Dr. Grossman holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Santo Tomas.