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Overview of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth became one of the five public institutions of higher learning in the UMass system in 1991 in accordance with Chapter 75 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

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About the University

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth became one of the five public institutions of higher learning in the UMass system in 1991 in accordance with Chapter 75 of the Massachusetts General Laws. UMass is governed by a board of trustees composed of 22 voting members, 17 of whom are appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts for five-year terms and 5 of whom are UMass students elected by the student body who serve one-year terms. It is led by a president who oversees the five-campus system, as well as chancellors located at each campus. The board shapes general policies that govern all five campuses in the UMass system.

The executive leadership team at UMass Dartmouth consists of a chancellor; a provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; a vice chancellor for Administration and Fiscal Services; a vice chancellor for Marketing; an assistant chancellor for Strategic Communication, Media Relations, and Special Projects; and an interim vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development.

8,647 UMass Dartmouth total enrollment

According to its website, UMass Dartmouth’s mission is to “[distinguish] itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success.” The university’s facilities consist of a main campus located in North Dartmouth as well as locations in Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, and Fall River. For the 2016–2017 academic year, UMass Dartmouth had a total enrollment of 8,647, with 6,999 undergraduates and 1,648 graduate and law students. UMass Dartmouth employs 600 faculty members and 800 staff members.

Date published: April 9, 2018
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