The inauguration this past weekend of UMass Amherst of Chancellor Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy coincided with the University’s 150th anniversary. On a visit to the Amherst campus last week, UMass President Robert Caret said the 150th anniversary is an important birthday with the right chancellor.
“It really is a sort of a launchpad for the future for a campus. So you have a campus that is 150 years old and looking at its next 150 years with a new leader to begin that new 150 year period.”
Subbaswamy is the first chancellor of color since the late Randolph Bromery who served during the 1970’s. With the evolving demography of the country, Caret says it’s important for these changes to be reflected in the leadership of academic institutions.
“I work hard as does the campus and the system and the state, I think, at trying to open up those diversity corridors to provide more of that kind of leadership and to provide more of that kind of access for our students.”
The Chancellor’s resume includes serving as provost for the University of Kentucky, among other roles, for 18 years. He was also the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami and Indiana University in Bloomington.