UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman and University community will come together to honor Chancellor Emerita Jean F. MacCormack and recognize 50 Transformative Moments in the last 50 years at UMass Dartmouth during the Blue & Gold celebration, Friday, November 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., at the UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library. During the celebration the UMass Dartmouth community will dedicate Chancellor Emerita MacCormack's Leadership Walkway Plaque.
Dr. MacCormack was named chancellor of UMass Dartmouth in September, 1999. Previously, she served 12 years in senior leadership positions at UMass Boston. Chancellor Emerita MacCormack was named interim president of Edward M. Kennedy Institute in August of this year.
Under her leadership, the UMass Dartmouth campus experienced a decade of major transformation, including the historic opening of the UMass School of Law, the doubling of residential housing, research funding growth from $7 million to $26 million, and facilities expansion on campus and throughout the SouthCoast, among them the Star Store Campus in New Bedford, the Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center in Fall River, the Charlton College of Business, Research Building, and the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.
During the November 14 celebration, the University will also unveil 50 transformative moments to recognize the University's 50 year anniversary in the town of Dartmouth. While UMass Dartmouth's proud history dates back to 1895, 50 years ago, on June 14, 1964, civic and education leaders broke ground in Dartmouth to create Paul Rudolph's 710-acre architectural vision of an academic utopia. Now, in 2014, as the Town of Dartmouth is celebrating its 350th anniversary, UMass Dartmouth is celebrating its 50th in the town. In recognition, the University collected votes for the 'Top 50 Transformative Moments' over the past 50 years.
UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.