March 8, 2017

Robert Johnson, Becker president, tapped as next UMass-Dartmouth chancellor

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Colin A. Young / State House News Service

Robert Johnson, left, speaks to the UMass Board of Trustees March 7 after a unanimous vote to appoint him as chancellor of UMass-Dartmouth.

BOSTON — Robert E. Johnson, the president of Becker College, whose main campus is in Worcester, was approved Tuesday as the next chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Johnson, a member of the state Board of Higher Education and vice chairman of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Board, has been president at Becker since 2010. A Detroit native, Johnson has served in administrative roles at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; the University of Dayton; Oakland University and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

UMass President Martin Meehan, who recommended Johnson to the full UMass Board of Trustees, said Johnson is a “change agent” who has the ability to inspire the Dartmouth campus.

“Robert Johnson is a dynamic leader who, through hard work and collaboration, has transformed Becker College into a national leader on several fronts,” said Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Robert’s brand of can do leadership has had a profound and positive impact on Worcester and Central Massachusetts – including as chair of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors,” Murray added. “While he will be missed, I know he will be an incredible asset for UMass-Dartmouth, its students and faculty, and the entire South Coast.”

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