University Leadership

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As chief executive officer of the campus, the Chancellor provides leadership in all areas of campus life, from academics and student affairs to the advancement of the university and the region. The Chancellor is also responsible for maintaining relationships with the UMass Office of the President and the UMass Board of Trustees.

Randy Helm

Peyton Randolph Helm, Interim Chancellor

Peyton Randolph (Randy) Helm has served as the interim chancellor of UMass Dartmouth since March 15, 2016. Chancellor Helm is the former president of Muhlenberg College.

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Gerry Kavanaugh

Gerry Kavanaugh
Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management

Mohammad A. Karim, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Academics and Student Affairs


James Sheehan 
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Fiscal Services
Administration and Finance

Renee Buisson
Vice Chancellor for Marketing
University Marketing

John Hoey
Assistant Chancellor for Strategic Communication, Media Relations and Special Projects
Public Affairs

‌Joseph Medina
Vice Chancellor for Advancement


Tesfay Meressi
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development