Dr. Jean F. MacCormack installed as third Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
With all the centuries-old traditions of higher education, Dr. Jean F. MacCormack today (September 28) was installed as the third chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Delegates from colleges and universities from across New England as well as other parts of the country joined the faculty, students, administration, staff, legislators and members of the community in the formal ceremony. Many wore the formal academic regalia that has been an academic tradition since universities were established in the 15th century. The university's brass and choral ensembles provided music.
Guest speakers Robert S. Karam, a UMass trustee, and Hubert (Hubie) E. Jones, urban affairs assistant to the UMass Boston chancellor, spoke, respectively, onPublic Leadership and Service and Leadership for the Future.
University of Massachusetts President William M. Bulger and Grace K. Fey, chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, officiated.
Bulger said, Chancellor MacCormack is a builder and a leader. Since arriving at the Dartmouth campus two years ago, she has made impressive strides and has fashioned a strong record of accomplishment. Chancellor MacCormack understands that the Dartmouth campus is critically important to the southeastern region of the Commonwealth and will maintain and develop the strong partnership needed for mutual growth.
Fey said: For more than two decades, Jean MacCormack has contributed her skill, wisdom and strong leadership to the University of Massachusetts system. As she formally assumes her new position, I take great comfort in the fact that the Dartmouth campus is being guided by such a strong and dedicated leader. The trustees of the University of Massachusetts proudly welcome Jean MacCormack to the chancellorship and envision a period of great success.
They presented Chancellor MacCormack with the formal emblem of her office, a medal designed by chairman of the design faculty, Professor Howard Windham. A triangle and a three-legged triskelion are on one side of the medal with the words University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 1895. The triangle represents creative intellect and the three-legged triskelion represents motion and unity. Different versions of the three-legged triskelion served as the seal for UMass Dartmouth’s immediate predecessors, Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute and Southeastern Massachusetts University. Therefore, the image suggests a unified creative intellect in motion, and links UMass Dartmouth’s present with its past.
Chancellor MacCormack said,
Jean F. MacCormack was named chancellor of UMass Dartmouth on February 7, 2001, after serving as interim chancellor since September 1999. Prior to joining the Dartmouth campus, she had extensive senior leadership experience at UMass Boston which she served as deputy chancellor and vice chancellor for administration and finance for 11 years,and as the interim chancellor in 1995.
Dr. MacCormack has more than 22 years of experience in educational administration at the secondary and higher education levels. She is highly regarded as an innovative and strategic manager whose leadership and vision helped the UMass Boston campus flourish despite significant changes precipitated by serious financial constraints.
Dr. MacCormack joined the UMass Boston administration in 1980 as director for the Institute for Learning and Teaching. In that capacity, she led the expansion and development of the university’s K-12 outreach programs with the support of $4 million in annual external funds. Under her direction, the institute established the nationally recognized Title II science teacher-training program Harbor Explorations.
In 1982, Dr. MacCormack became associate dean and then acting dean of the Graduate College of Education that was established when Boston State College merged with UMass Boston. She played a significant role in shaping the new college and its programs.
In 1988, she was appointed vice chancellor of administration and finance at UMass Boston, with primary responsibility for fiscal and operations resources as well as administrative services. Her role was expanded in 1996 when she was appointed deputy chancellor with responsibility for campus-wide and system-based projects.
Dr. MacCormack earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and fine arts from Emmanuel College, and a master’s and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She continues to publish, teach and advise graduate students, and serve on doctoral committees.
As chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, she is responsible for guiding the continued growth and excellence of the only university serving the southeastern region of Massachusetts. UMass Dartmouth, a Carnegie Master’s I comprehensive university with six academic colleges and schools enrolling approximately 7,500 students, is ranked in the top ten in US News and World Report’s annual listing of best master's level colleges and universities in the Northeast.