The University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking a new director of campus recreation who will provide visionary leadership, supervision, and management of Campus Recreation facilities and programs, including intramural sports, club sports, well-being, and fitness. As a member of the newly formed Well-being, Access, and Prevention Leadership Team, the director has a unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, the Center for Health Promotion, and Disability Services, to build holistic wellbeing programs.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With 1,300 faculty members and more than 30,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England and is ranked among the top 30 public universities in the nation. The campus, located on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City, provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. UMass Amherst is a highly residential campus, with over 13,000 students living in university housing.

The Position


The director of campus recreation is responsible for department oversight of 12 full-time staff, over 300 student staff, and nearly a $2 million budget. The director will play a central role in developing creative, state-of-the-art programs and services that animate physical fitness in a comprehensive way among students, faculty, and staff; support staff and student leadership; and articulate connections between campus recreation and academic success. Additionally, the director will develop funding models and support for expansion of facilities and programs, ensuring that the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in the profession.

The director is passionate about recreation and wellbeing and provides leadership and mentorship, fostering principles that encourage integrity, student well-being, diversity, and inclusiveness, while promoting an environment of excellence and success.

Reporting to the executive director of wellbeing, access, and prevention, and located within the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, the director will:

  • direct, design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive high-quality Campus Recreation program that meets and balances the needs of the campus community;
  • create, organize, direct, and supervise all aspects of the recreation program;
  • provide advice and counsel to University senior management teams in relation to the recreational, intramural, wellness, and athletic sport clubs’ needs of the campus as requested;
  • monitor participation trends to ensure that offered activities reflect student as well as other UMass constituency interests;
  • oversee the development and implementation of all programmatic policies, procedures, and guidelines. This includes working with various Athletics Department offices (Business and Facilities) and campus constituencies (EHS, Risk Management) to ensure comprehensive policies/procedures are in place as needed to revise these policies/procedures;
  • direct supervision of two full-time employees; indirect supervision of 13 full-time employees and part-time, undergraduate, and graduate student employees;
  • prepare and submit the Campus Recreation budget;
  • manage all revenue activities of the Recreation program, which includes oversight and implementation of procedures to ensure compliance with all Department, University, State, and federal policies surrounding cash handling and deposits;
  • manage all expenditure activities of the Recreation program, which includes oversight and implementation of procedures to ensure compliance with all Department, University, State, and federal policies surrounding expenditures and work with Athletics Business Office on all procurement procedures related to expenditures;
  • direct all personnel activities of the Recreation program, which includes oversight of payroll activities, issues related to student employee discipline and grievance aspects, and conducting all part time and full-time personnel actions (searches, evaluations, grievances, etc.);
  • direct a comprehensive hiring and training program for all student and non-student positions;
  • act as liaison to Athletic Facilities, Custodial Services, and Physical Plant;
  • oversee the equipment maintenance and replacement program to ensure a comprehensive and safe recreation environment. This includes, but is not limited to selection, purchase, installation, and maintenance of all computer, software, and audiovisual components in the Recreation Center and satellite locations and all cardiovascular and weight machines and equipment;
  • provide indirect supervision of the Athletics Department Sport Clubs Program, including the allocation of the annual sport club budget;
  • oversee selection of new Athletic Sport clubs, intramural activities, and fitness/wellness workout offerings;
  • oversee a comprehensive Recreation Center schedule including academic semesters, intersession, summer, exam periods, holidays, and spring break;
  • oversee the development, creation, and implementation of the Intramural Activity Calendar throughout the year for the main Recreation Center and the various satellite locations;
  • direct the creation and implementation of marketing activities of the Recreation Center to increase all Recreation revenue streams, including membership sales, wellness classes, and facility rentals, while balancing the needs of the various constituencies that utilize the Recreation facility;
  • lead the content and maintenance of the Campus Recreation website;
  • work with Conference Services, Continuing Education, and other campus departments to create programming access to recreational facilities for their constituencies;
  • provide students and all users with a positive recreational experience focused on healthy behavior and individual well-being through recreational activity programs;
  • provide student employees with leadership development, personal learning, team building, and shared goal-oriented opportunities;
  • hear and resolve appeals for sanctions imposed under the Intramural Sportsmanship-Civility System;
  • evaluate emerging trends and execute implementation to ensure timely and relevant information and services to the institution;
  • apply strategies to attract and serve underrepresented groups;
  • represent the department at regional and national clinics and conferences and serve on departmental committees; and
  • facilitate collaborative programming across campus departments, division, and the community as appropriate, to further the mission of the institution.


Jeanne Orr and Jason Incorvati are currently serving as interim co-directors of Campus Recreation. They provided leadership after the departure of John Blihar, who served in that role for seven years and navigated the organizational restructure which formerly housed campus recreation within Athletics. In 2019, the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life formed the Well-being, Access, and Prevention Leadership Team and began a search for an executive director, resulting in the hire of Dr. Elizabeth Cracco. This newly formed leadership team within the division positions Campus Recreation, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, the Center for Health Promotion, and Disability Services, to synergistically build holistic wellbeing programs.


UMass is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to lead recreation and fitness in a comprehensive way for students, faculty, and staff. The director will have a broad role leading the campus in the development of creative, state-of-the-art physical fitness programs. Close collaboration with key constituents including Human Resources, Campus Life, student organizations, Athletics, and academic departments will be essential for the success of the new director.

Additional priorities, challenges, and opportunities for the director to exercise leadership and impact positive change in the UMass community have been articulated by stakeholders as follows:

  • Opportunity to build robust and comprehensive community-facing programs which embrace equity and inclusion and an appreciation for a community culture engaged in ongoing education and dialogue on equitable practices and behaviors.
  • Work closely with divisional and institutional leadership to advocate and lead conversations regarding ongoing renovation and construction projects.
  • Develop a departmental mission and ethos focused on customer service, operational excellence, teamwork, and communication.
  • Evaluate and assess campus recreation and develop a strategic plan that encompasses departmental operations; programs and services, including club sports, fitness, and long term planning for outdoor recreation and esports; facilities usage, maintenance, and expansion; and organizational structure, optimal staffing levels, and configuration for achieving departmental goals and priorities.
  • Develop funding models to support new facilities and staffing needs, including the development of new revenue sources.
  • Formulate a professional development plan for staff members within the department and work with University Employee and Labor Relations to strengthen communication, support, and evaluation.
  • Develop ongoing, outcomes-based assessments of facilities, services, programs, and activities.
  • Opportunity to take a leadership role within the wellbeing, access, and prevention leadership team and contribute to institutional student engagement goals.
  • Establish effective relationships with campus and community partners.
  • Support division-wide and department-specific goals and objectives.


The UMass director of campus recreation will be a strong partner and collaborator across the campus. The new director will be an innovative and savvy strategic thinker, will work with others to develop and implement a vision, and will inspire the campus community to come together to accomplish shared goals for the future.

At an appropriate interval after joining UMass, the following will initially define success for the new director of campus recreation:

  • Staff in campus recreation can articulate a common vision and mission and will feel valued as members of the campus recreation team. They will see communication throughout the department has increased in both quality and quantity.
  • Well-being, Access, and Prevention colleagues feel supported, encouraged, and heard and the director of campus recreation is seen as a critical partner in building a holistic wellness model that is supported by the work of the campus recreation department.
  • Campus recreation programs and participation are considered important to the student experience and student belonging.
  • Partners across campus such as Athletics and Physical Plant feel like valued colleagues and partners.
  • Student employees see their work in campus recreation as a valuable and intentionally developmental part of their student experience.
  • Students and staff see the new director of campus recreation as being both approachable and accessible; an advocate who supports programs; and through a student-centered orientation, builds rapport with students and seeks their input.
  • Club sports will be fully re-integrated into the Campus Recreation department and long-term evaluation on the growth and expansion of outdoor education has begun.



The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in a related field and have demonstrated progressive professional experience within a campus recreation or wellness organization, including experience with multiple facilities and programs, staff supervision, and budget management; a proven ability in leading organizational transformation, with capacity to effect change in the institutional culture and operations; demonstrated knowledge of the importance of health, wellness, recreation, and fitness to a campus community as well as an understanding of the theories, principles, and practices of student development and higher education administration; and strong communication, organizational, fiscal, and relationship building skills with the ability to work collaboratively with key campus and community partners.

Additionally, the following characteristics and attributes were identified by various stakeholders when considering the director for campus recreation position:

  • A strong transformational leader with the ability to effect change and utilize adaptive leadership to successfully thrive in a changing environment.
  • The emotional intelligence and political intuition to navigate the University’s strong institutional culture.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading campus-wide wellness initiatives.
  • A record of superior communication and presentation skills, successful relationship building, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated experience effectively supervising, advocating, coaching, and mentoring professional staff and providing staff with meaningful professional development and recognition opportunities to further expand their learning and growth.
  • A demonstrated orientation toward equity and inclusion and cultural competency in all aspects of campus life.
  • Experience managing the construction, renovation, and opening of campus recreation facilities.
  • Highly collaborative communicative style with the capacity to foster relationships with key stakeholders, campus leaders, and community partners.
  • Knowledge of and experience with membership development, budget management, financial projections, and revenue enhancement for campus recreation facilities.
  • Robust entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to generate new ideas and see the idea through to implementation.
  • Forward-thinking leader with a strong vision for the department and its future growth and potential.
  • Decisive leader with the capability to make tough decisions while also explaining the rationale behind those decisions.
  • Commitment to integrity, respect, transparency, and honesty in all endeavors.
  • Familiarity with technology/social media and how to leverage these media to more effectively reach constituents.
  • Strong background in student development and an understanding of its importance in recreational sports within students’ collegiate experience and student success.
  • Engaging and encouraging supervisor with a healthy sense of humor, appreciation for his or her staff, and constructive reputation on campus and within the profession.
  • Knowledgeable about national best practices in campus recreation, including the concept of using research and assessment to guide decision making.
  • Be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances and committed to continuous assessment and process improvement.

Institution & Location


An Overview of the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life

Welcome to Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We are a campus community that actively embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion grounded in core values of compassion, care, and concern for others. We center around eight key functions that together create a supportive living and learning environment of responsive care and support for retention, graduation, and success beyond college. Our range of programs and services include New Student Orientation, Parent Services, Residential Life, the Recreation Center, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, the Dean of Students Office, Career Services, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, Religious and Spiritual Life, Advocacy Inclusion and Support programs, Veterans Services, Student Activities, Student Government, and more. Together our programs and services:

  1. Transition and connect students to campus
  2. Foster positive campus climate
  3. Cultivate inclusion and diversity
  4. Develop opportunities for civic engagement and co-curricular learning
  5. Create immersive living-learning environments
  6. Provide listening, care, and focused support for students in crisis
  7. Support wellness, health, and safety
  8. Prepare students for a successful transition to their post-UMass future

We invite students, student family members, staff, and faculty to explore and engage with the rich array of experiences and opportunities available through Student Life. We look forward to meeting you!

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life

Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life

Dr. LaBanc has been named the vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She began her duties in January 2020.

Hephner LaBanc, who has more than two decades of experience in higher education, has served as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Mississippi since 2012. She was the first woman to hold that position in the university’s history. She has also been a professor of higher education since July 2019 and was associate professor of higher education from 2012 to 19. She has been active in her academic department through teaching, advising, and publications.

Prior to the University of Mississippi, Hephner LaBanc was the associate vice president in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as well as the assistant vice president for planning and operations at Northern Illinois University from 2009 to 12. She has served students in multiple administrative roles at Arizona State University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Baldwin-Wallace College, and the University of Akron.

Hephner LaBanc earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Akron in 1994, her master’s degree in higher education administration and student personnel at Kent State University in 1997, and her doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University in adult and higher education in 2010.

Among her honors and special recognitions, Hephner LaBanc was inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University and has been recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as a Pillar of the Profession for 2020. At Ole Miss, she was particularly honored when she received the Lift Every Voice award, a highly regarded diversity and inclusion honor bestowed by colleague and student nominations.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Student Affairs

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Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cracco, Executive Director for Well-Being, Access, and Prevention

Elizabeth “Betsy” Cracco was named the first-ever executive director for well-being, access, and prevention in the office of Student Affairs and Campus Life. In this new position, Cracco leads and provides strategic direction for programs and services supporting the psychological and physical well-being of UMass Amherst students as well as demonstrating the impact of these programs on campus student success goals. The executive director oversees the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), Center for Health Promotion (CHP), Campus Recreation, and Disability Services. Cracco joined the UMass Amherst community in June 2019.

Cracco most recently served as the director of the Counseling and Mental Health Services at the University of Connecticut, where she served as an interim director of student health services, assistant director and coordinator of clinical services in Counseling and Mental Health Services, and the Violence Against Women Prevention coordinator.

Cracco has a deep connection to student affairs, having served as a residence director, outdoor education trainer, and psychologist on several campuses.  She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has degrees from The College of the Holy Cross and Boston College.

Campus Recreation


Campus Recreation, an integral part of the educational mission of the University of Massachusetts and Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, provides comprehensive recreation and student development opportunities, as well as exceptional programs, services, and facilities. Through positively reflecting the interests and values of the UMass community, we actively promote and encourage a lifelong commitment to health and wellness.


Inspire growth as leaders in collegiate recreation and challenge norms to awaken potential and change lives.

Core Values 

  • Customer service is met by understanding the needs and wants of participants.
  • Excellence is achieved through research, assessment, and collaboration.
  • Safety is job one.
  • Education strengthens the value of our program beyond the immediate experience.
  • Integrity is fostered through principles of fairness, mutual respect, and personal responsibility.
  • Fun inspires moments of optimism and happiness one smile at a time.

Our programs include Aquatics for recreation swim, swim lessons, and lifeguard certification. Fitness includes group fitness classes, personal training, nutrition advising and well-being resources. During the academic year, over 40 different intramural sports events, leagues, and tournaments are scheduled. Club Sports are Registered Student Organizations (RSO) that engage in collegiate competition to provide unique opportunities for student development & leadership.


During the academic semesters, Campus Recreation offers over 50 hours per week of recreation swim time to the campus community. Boyden Pool, located next to the Commonwealth Honors College Complex, is available for lap and open swim. Curry Hicks Pool, located east of Garber Field & near Herter, is available for lap, open, and family swim. Locker rooms provide easy access to the pool’s deck.

Recreation equipment provided at the pools includes kickboards, pull buoys, and swim fins. Patrons are welcome to bring their own goggles, training fins, and hand paddles. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, please become familiar with the pool policies prior to your first visit.

Campus Recreation also offers private, one-on-one swim lessons to recreation members for ages six and up with any skill level from beginners to swimmers with greater proficiency.


Campus Recreation’s fitness programs provide opportunities to improve one’s well-being. Come to a group fitness class, register for personal training, visit the Meditation Corner, or talk to one of our nutrition advisors about making healthy choices.

  • Group Exercise classes offered (100+ per week): 30-Minute Abs, Barre, Boot Camp, Cardio Dance, Cardio Hip Hop, Cardio Kickboxing, Contemporary Dance, Express Spin, Kettleball Power, Meditation, Pilates, Power Meditation, Rec Spin, Spinning, Spin & Body, Spin & Core, Pilates, Strength Circuits, Total Body Burn, TRX Boot Camp, Yoga (Acrobatic, BRoga®,  Classical Hatha, Kripalu, Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Yin), Zumba®, Personal Training


  • Fitness Certifications
  • Nutrition Advising
  • Meditation Corner

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are competitive and recreational sport activities organized for the campus community. The 40+ leagues, tournaments, and events provide opportunities for everyone to participate. Close to 7,000 participants take advantage of the wide array of program offerings throughout the year.

  • Fall Team Sports: 2-Ball Soccer, Extreme Dodgeball, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Holiday Basketball, Kickball, Sand Volleyball, Seated Volleyball, Soccer, Spikeball, Volleyball, Wiffleball
  • Fall Singles Sports: Badminton Singles, Bean Bag Toss, eSports, Punt, Pass & Kick, Racquetball Singles, Revolution Run, Table Tennis Singles, Tennis Singles
  • Spring Team Sports: 4-on-4 Football, Basketball, Broomball, Co-Rec Soccer, Co-Rec Volleyball, Dodgeball, Floor Hockey, Softball, Speedball, Sports Trivia, Ultimate Frisbee, Wallyball
  • Spring Singles/Doubles Sports: 3-on-3 Outdoor Basketball, Badminton Doubles, Basketball Shooter’s Challenge, Home run Derby, Kan Jam, Racquetball Doubles, Table Tennis Doubles, Tennis Doubles
  • Extramural Sports: Regional Basketball Tournament (Spring)

Club Sports

Club sports are Registered Student Organizations (RSO) chartered by the Student Government Association. Club sports engage in intercollegiate competition and provide unique opportunities for student development and leadership.

Alpine Ski Club, Ballroom Dance, Baseball, Boxing Club, Club Swimming, Club Water Polo, Crew Club, Dance Team, Disc Golf, Dressage Team, Fencing Club, Golf Club, Ice Hockey (Men), Ice Hockey (Women), Lacrosse Club (Men), Lacrosse Club (Women), Men’s Club Volleyball, Paintball Team, Parkour, Polo Club, Quidditch Club, Racquetball Club, Roller Hockey Club (Men), Rugby Club (Men), Rugby Club (Women), Running Club, Sailing Team, Shotokan Karate Club, Soccer (Men), Soccer (Women), Softball, Sport Parachute Club, Synchronized Skating Club, Table Tennis Club, Tae Kwon Do, Triathlon Club Team, Ultimate Frisbee Team (Men), Ultimate Frisbee Team (Women), UMass Climbing Team

Campus Recreation Facilities:

Recreation Center

  • Gymnasium
    • Three courts – badminton, basketball, volleyball
    • Court Size:  50’ x 84’ with a minimum of 9’6” surrounding each court
    • Flooring:  Wood—Connor Sports Flooring—Rezill Channell
    • Basketball Goals & Master Equipment Controller:  Jaypro Sports, Inc.
    • Divider curtains can separate the three courts
    • Volleyball & badminton System:  Senoh via Sports Imports
    • Scoreboards:  Nevco
  • Suspended 3-lane track
    • 10 laps per mile
    • Mondo Sport Flex Rubber Flooring
  • Group Fitness Rooms
  • Fitness Center – cardiovascular equipment, resistance training equipment and free weights
    • 25 televisions on levels 2 & 3 in cardio and free weight areas
    • Resistance training equipment: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, & TechnoGym
    • Iron Grip dumbbells & plates
    • 46 Treadmills: Life Fitness (21), Woodway (5), TechnoGym (20)
    • 66 Ellipticals: Life Fitness (25), Precor (41)
    • 5 Cybex Arc Trainers
    • 5 Concept 2 Rowers
    • 1 Octane Lateral X
    • 4 Life Fitness PowerMills
    • 1 Stairmaster Gauntlet
    • 14 Life Fitness upright bikes
    • 14 Life Fitness recumbent bikes
    • 1 Technogym upper body ergometer
  • Courtside Cafe
  • Locker Rooms
  • Boxing Area


  • Boyden
  • Curry Hicks

Boyden Gymnasium

  • 6 basketball courts
  • 4 badminton courts
  • 4 volleyball courts

Mullins Tennis Courts

10 courts located behind the Mullins Center

  • Courts 1-6 include 10 and under lines (light green)
  • Courts 7-10 include pickleball lines (yellow)


Institutional Background

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst) is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With 6,397 faculty and staff members and more than 30,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England and is ranked among the top 30 public universities in the nation.

The University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees in 90 undergraduate and 72 graduate areas of study. UMass Amherst is ranked 29th among the nation’s top public universities, moving up 11 spots in the past two years in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide.

Other recent accolades include:

  • Rated the 25th most efficient among top-rated national universities in a new U.S. News & World Report ranking category.
  • For a ninth consecutive year, UMass Amherst is among the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
  • The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the highest ranking public undergraduate business school in the Northeast, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2016 Undergraduate Business School Rankings. Climbing three places since the 2014 ranking, Isenberg now ranks 11th among public undergraduate business school programs in the United States.
  • Money magazine ranks UMass Amherst among the nation’s best colleges based on “most bang for the tuition buck.”
  • The University is ranked among the top 200 programs worldwide in 21 academic disciplines, according to the 2017 QS World University Subject Ratings.
  • UMass Amherst is ranked among the top research universities nationwide for its commitment to leadership in sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

UMass Amherst faculty and staff are top performers in terms of the number of awards and recognitions they receive. UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship public research university, is one of the nation’s top universities for research as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding. The campus spends more than $200 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The University has consistently been named a top producer of Fulbright award winners. Additionally, UMass Amherst engages the community with 359 programs, partnering with 499 organizations in 21 states, and involving 86 different campus units. Other notable accomplishments include recognition as a leader in social justice and being one of the first campuses to announce a policy to divest investments in South Africa. UMass Amherst is ranked among the top 10 research universities nationwide for its commitment to leadership in sustainability. The University is also distinguished by its W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies; the Stonewall Center, one of the longest established centers supporting the LGBTQIA community (over 40 years); the Center for Women and Community, supporting victims of violence; and the Office of Disability Services, supporting students with disabilities in maximizing the quality of their university experience.

About Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in the Connecticut River Valley. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,819, making it the largest community in Hampshire County (although the county seat is Northampton). The town is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, three of the area’s local five colleges.

Five Colleges, Incorporated is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions, which include four private liberal arts colleges and the Amherst campus of the state university. The consortium is an outgrowth of a highly successful collaboration in the 1950s among Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which resulted in the founding of a fifth institution, Hampshire College, in 1970.

Five Colleges, Incorporated promotes and administers long-term forms of cooperation that benefit faculty, staff, and students. These include:

  • Shared use of educational and cultural resources and facilities, including a joint automated library system, open cross registration, and open theater auditions;
  • Joint departments and programs; and
  • Inter-campus transportation.

Their proximity to one another in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts favors five-college collaboration, as does their commitment to liberal arts and undergraduate education. Five Colleges, Incorporated is a longstanding member of the Association for Consortium Leadership (ACL), a national organization of consortia.

Amherst is conveniently located near major metropolitan areas, with Boston and New York City less than two hours away by car. Bradley International Airport, the closest major airport, is located just north of Hartford and is about an hour from campus. Amtrak and Peter Pan Bus Lines also offer public transportation options for the campus community.

For more information about Amherst, visit the Chamber of Commerce at:

Mission, Vision, and Values


The mission of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is to create positive impact on the Commonwealth and the broader society we serve through education and advancing knowledge. As the flagship public university in Massachusetts, we cherish and add to the Commonwealth’s long tradition of intellectual and educational leadership. Our institution is rooted in the idea that any qualified individual, regardless of wealth or social status, should have access to high quality higher education. We draw from and support diverse experiences and perspectives as an essential strength of this learning community and accept for ourselves and instill in our students an ongoing commitment to create a better, more just world.


Our vision is to dramatically improve every aspect of the University of Massachusetts Amherst so as to ascend into the ranks of the top 20 public universities in America, as measured by nationally and internationally recognized criteria. We intend to deliver, for the people of Massachusetts and beyond, a public university that shares the same qualities of excellence, impact, and outcomes as the best public universities in the nation and the world. 


  • Excellence. In whatever we choose to do, we strive for excellence.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness. We are committed to the success and well-being of every individual in our community regardless of group identity.
  • Openness. As a university, we are committed to free and open intellectual inquiry and expression.
  • Integrity and Stewardship. As a community we set high standards for personal responsibility and institutional integrity and hold ourselves accountable in managing institutional resources and for advancing sustainability of our planet.
  • Innovation. We stimulate, recognize, and reward innovation and creativity.
  • Impact. We aim to create far-reaching impact on society by welcoming students and faculty from around the world and assisting them to contribute to the welfare of people both locally and globally.

Strategic Plan


The plan for the next five years will propel the campus on the pathway to the Top 20 among public research universities by fulfilling the following strategic goals:

  1. Establish UMass Amherst as a destination of choice where academically accomplished, socially responsible seekers of a world-class education succeed in a research-rich, inclusive learning community.
  2. Establish UMass Amherst as a partner of choice in advancing and applying knowledge and innovation for the betterment of society.
  3. Establish UMass Amherst as a community of choice for students, staff, and faculty that exemplifies the power of diverse perspectives and mutual respect.

In support of these goals we follow two overarching principles:

  • mobilize all our resources to achieve a sustainable financial strategy; and
  • instill a culture of evidence at all levels that applies the best possible information and analysis to decisions.

For a detailed look at the strategic plan:


Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy – Chancellor

Kumble R. Subbaswamy became the 30th leader of UMass Amherst July 1, 2012. He has emerged as a popular and well-regarded chancellor for his pursuit of academic excellence, promotion of research and outreach, and initiatives aimed at addressing campus climate, diversity, and culture.

Subbaswamy has overseen the opening of new cutting-edge academic and athletic facilities, including Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, the Integrative Learning Center, the Life Science Laboratories, and the Football Performance Center. He has made sustainability a campus priority and he is focused on strengthening community relationships, supporting area communities, and increasing access to the university’s rich academic and research resources.

Championing an open and transparent leadership style, Subbaswamy enacted a comprehensive campus-wide strategic planning process to continue to build on the successes of UMass Amherst in the coming years. As part of fortifying the future, Subbaswamy has played a key role in UMass Rising, the $300-million fundraising campaign, the largest in campus history.

Subbaswamy has instituted plans to improve the UMass educational experience by introducing more opportunities for undergraduate research experiences and integrative and team-based learning. His priority is also to increase the enrollment of students from low-income communities. Under his tenure, the campus’s status as a research powerhouse that touches—and often transforms—communities in the state and around the world will be enhanced.

Before coming to Amherst, Subbaswamy served as provost at the University of Kentucky since 2006. A physicist, he joined Kentucky’s faculty in 1978 after serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. During his first 18 years at the University of Kentucky, he served as associate dean of arts and sciences and as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

In other administrative positions, Subbaswamy was also dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami from 1997 to 2000. Then he left to become dean of arts and sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, serving until 2006 when he moved to Kentucky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Bangalore University, a master’s in physics from Delhi University, and a PhD in physics from Indiana University. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1989. His primary research area is the optical properties of novel materials and nonlinear excitations. He has published more than 60 articles and coauthored a book on the local density theory of polarizability.

Academic Programs and Faculty


  • Approximately 1,300 full-time instructional faculty
  • 92% hold the highest degree in their fields
  • 18:1 student/faculty ratio

Academic Offerings

  • 10 academic colleges
  • 112 bachelor’s degree programs
  • 5 associate’s degree programs
  • Average class size: 36
  • 81% of classes have fewer than 40 students

The University of Massachusetts is a five-university system led by a president and a board of trustees. Each member campus is led by a chancellor. As the flagship campus of America’s education state, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the leader of public higher education in the Commonwealth, making a profound, transformative impact for the common good. UMass Amherst ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide.

Schools and Colleges

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • College of Information and Computer Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Commonwealth Honors College
  • Isenberg School of Management
  • School of Public Health and Health Sciences
  • Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • Graduate School

Academic Quality and Student Success

  • Applications doubled during the past decade, and about 42,000 students applied for about 5,000 seats in the class of 2019. Academic quality stands at an all-time high with combined SATs at 1,268 and high school GPAs at 3.89.
  • The Commonwealth Honors College recruits high-achieving students, with SATs at 1,386 and GPAs at 4.27. In 2013, UMass opened one of the nation’s premier residential honors colleges, a $188 million, six-building complex for living and learning.
  • The range and quality of UMass Amherst’s academic offerings are nationally recognized. More than 30,000 students are enrolled, including over 23,000 undergraduates from 71 countries and 50 states.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized UMass Amherst as one of the nation’s top-producing research universities for student Fulbright scholarships during 2014–15. The current 14 Fulbright scholarships are a campus record.
  • Students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities. Over the past decade, UMass has seen $1.4 billion in new construction and renovations, with another $1.4 billion in improvements in the works.

The Student Body

Enrollment (fall 2018)

  • 23,515 undergraduate students
  • 7,078 graduate students
  • 30,593 total undergraduate and graduate students

2018 Entering Undergraduate Class

  • 41,612 freshman applications
  • 59.9% admit rate
  • 5,010 students
  • 31.8% ALANA (African-American, Latino, Asian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Native American)
  • 3,500 in-state students
  • 992 out-of-state students
  • 518 international students
  • Average GPA – 3.90 (4.0 scale)
  • Average SAT – 1296 (Evidence Based Reading & Writing/Math)
  • SAT middle 50% – 1190 to 1340
  • Average ACT – 28

Organizational Chart for the Campus

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Benefits Overview


UMass Amherst offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Flex Spending (HCSA/DCAP)
  • Sick Leave Banks
  • Employee Discounts
  • Paid Time Off

Application & Nomination


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to

Dell Robinson at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Massachusetts Amherst website at

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.