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UMass Lowell appoints new provost

Michael Vayda
Michael Vayda

Michael Vayda, dean of the University of Arkansas Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences, will join the University of Massachusetts Lowell in June as its chief academic officer and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

In his new role, Vayda, a Princeton educated molecular biologist, will oversee the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and online programs; lead student recruitment and admissions; and engage with alumni and the public to advance the university’s goals.

Vayda will serve as a member of UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney’s executive cabinet and play a role in fulfilling the university’s blueprint for its future, “UMass Lowell 2020: A Strategic Plan for the Next Decade.” The national search firm Korn Ferry, which specializes in higher education leadership searches, assisted the search committee.


Brenda J. Buote can be reached at brenda.buote@gmail.com.